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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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  • coir matting was next the floor boards, then a thick Chinese quilt (a pukai), then a Scotch plaid made in Geelong.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • Manilla, coir, and some other ropes, do not require tarring.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • 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
  • 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.

  • The nut having been stripped of the husk or coir, the shell is broken, and the fatty lining enclosing the milk is taken out.

  • coir, koir, n. the strong fibre of the husk of the coco-nut, used for making door-mats.

  • 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
  • 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
  • He holds aloft the coir string, under the lower end of which a cocoanut has been placed on the ground.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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