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[koir] /kɔɪr/
the prepared fiber of the husk of the coconut fruit, used in making rope, matting, etc.
Origin of coir
1575-85; < Malayalam kayaru cord; replacing cairo < Portuguese < Tamil kayiṟu rope Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for coir
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  • Manilla, coir, and some other ropes, do not require tarring.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Where else do we find a priestly fugitive slave, who held his sacred office by the coir na glaive, the Eight of Sword?

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • They had put a coir warp ashore, and gave the barque a cant in the current, so as to bring the broadside to bear on the flagstaff.

  • If a small line could be got across from ship to ship, the end of it would be made fast to a coir hawser in the Monsoon.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • coir, koir, n. the strong fibre of the husk of the coco-nut, used for making door-mats.

  • The coir or yarn manufactured from the husks of cocoanuts was prepared by those employed at "hard labour" in the refractory ward.

    Prisoners Their Own Warders J. F. A. McNair
  • There are several cots, some made of coir (cocoanut fibre), and others of wooden planks.

  • Sun-drying is done on cement or brick floors, on coir mats or trays, or on wooden platforms.

    Cocoa and Chocolate Arthur W. Knapp
  • He holds aloft the coir string, under the lower end of which a cocoanut has been placed on the ground.

  • A part of this is obtained from tropical America, but it is a regular export of British India, where it is known as coir.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for coir


the fibre prepared from the husk of the coconut, used in making rope and matting
Word Origin
C16: from Malayalam kāyar rope, from kāyaru to be twisted
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Word Origin and History for coir

"prepared coconut fiber," 1580s, from Malayalam kayar "cord," from kayaru "to be twisted."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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