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[kop-ruh, koh-pruh]
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  1. the dried kernel or meat of the coconut from which coconut oil is expressed.
Also copperah.

Origin of copra

1575–85; < Portuguese < Malayalam koppara < Hindi khoprā coconut
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Examples from the Web for copra

Historical Examples

  • Most of them had large quantities of oil and copra—this also was shipped.

    Concerning "Bully" Hayes

    Louis Becke

  • It is for you, so that you can walk in comfort and carry your copra in comfort.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • It smelt strongly of paraffin and of the copra which was its usual cargo.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • He paid the natives what he liked for their copra, and he paid in goods and whiskey.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • They had only been passing by, for copra; and the story I told them was a shocking one.

British Dictionary definitions for copra


  1. the dried, oil-yielding kernel of the coconut

Word Origin

C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam koppara, probably from Hindi khoprā coconut
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Word Origin and History for copra


dried kernel of coconut, 1580s, from Portuguese copra (16c.), from Malayalam koppara (cognate with Hindi khopra) "coconut;" related to Hindi khopri "skull," from Sanskrit kharparah "skull."

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