- a white, semisolid fat or nearly colorless fatty oil extracted from coconuts, used chiefly in foods and in the manufacture of soaps, cosmetics, and candles.
Origin of coconut oil
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for coconut oil
In this country there is a great amount of exhausted cake from the coconut-oil factories, which is exported to Europe each year.
A coconut-oil lamp, placed in the centre of a table, showed that the evening meal was in readiness.Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories
- the fatty oil obtained from the meat of the coconut and used for making soap, cosmetics, etc
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