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[koh-koh] /ˈkoʊ koʊ/
noun, plural cocos.
coconut (def 1).
Origin of coco
1545-55; < Portuguese: grimace; the three holes at the nut's base give it this appearance


[koh-koh; Spanish kaw-kaw] /ˈkoʊ koʊ; Spanish ˈkɔ kɔ/
a river rising in N Nicaragua and flowing NE along the Nicaragua-Honduras border to the Caribbean Sea. About 300 miles (485 km) long.
Also called Segovia.


[shuh-nel; French sha-nel] /ʃəˈnɛl; French ʃaˈnɛl/
[ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/ (Show IPA),
("Coco") 1882–1971, French fashion designer.
Can be confused
Chanel, channel, charnel. Unabridged
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  • After luncheon Perrine gave the order to Bastien for the phaeton with old coco to be at the door.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • He was the man who would not have your little 'coco' friend—disposed of.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • A fund of entertainment is found in the displacement of every object not too weighty for coco to convey.

  • After that biff on the coco I only wanted some place to crawl into.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • coco knew well the precise instant when it is advisable for a cow-pony to forestall the wrench of the lasso.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
British Dictionary definitions for coco


noun (pl) -cos
short for coconut, coconut palm
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese coco grimace; from the likeness of the three holes of the nut to a face


/French ʃanɛl/
Gabrielle (ɡabriɛl), known as Coco Chanel. 1883–1971, French couturière and perfumer, who created "the little black dress" and the perfume Chanel No. 5
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coco

"palm tree," mid-16c., from Spanish and Portuguese coco "grinning face," on resemblance of the three holes at the base of the shell to a human face. The earlier word for it was the Latinized form cocus, which sometimes was anglicized as cocos.


Paris fashion house, founded by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971), French fashion designer and perfumier, who opened her first shop in 1909. The perfume Chanel No. 5 debuted in 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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