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coquilla nut

[ko-keel-yuh, -kee-yuh]
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noun
  1. the elongated oval fruit or nut of a South American palm, Attalea funifera, having a very hard brown shell used in turnery.

Origin of coquilla nut

1850–55; < Portuguese coquilho, diminutive of côco coco
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coquilla nut

noun
  1. the nut of a South American palm tree, Attalea funifera, having a hard brown shell used for carvingSee also cohune

Word Origin

C19: from Portuguese coquilho, diminutive of côco coconut; see coco
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