cocoanut

[koh-kuh-nuht, -nuh t]
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noun


Nearby words

  1. coco de mer,
  2. coco-de-mer,
  3. cocoa,
  4. cocoa beach,
  5. cocoa butter,
  6. cocobolo,
  7. cocom,
  8. cocomat,
  9. coconut,
  10. coconut butter

coconut

[koh-kuh-nuht, -nuh t]

noun

the large, hard-shelled seed of the coconut palm, lined with a white edible meat, and containing a milky liquid.
the meat of the coconut, often shredded and used in cooking, as a flavoring, and as a dessert topping.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a person of color, especially a person of Latin-American or South Asian origin or descent, who is regarded as having adopted the attitudes, values, and behavior thought to be characteristic of middle-class white society, at the expense of his or her ethnic heritage.Compare Oreo.
Sometimes co·coa·nut.

Origin of coconut

First recorded in 1605–15; coco + nut

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British Dictionary definitions for cocoanut

coconut

cocoanut

noun

the fruit of the coconut palm, consisting of a thick fibrous oval husk inside which is a thin hard shell enclosing edible white meat. The hollow centre is filled with a milky fluid (coconut milk)
  1. the meat of the coconut, often shredded and used in cakes, curries, etc
  2. (as modifier)coconut cake
slang, derogatory a black or Asian person who conforms to white culture at the expense of his or her ancestral culture, the idea being that, like a coconut, he or she is dark on the outside and white on the inside

Word Origin for coconut

C18: see coco

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Word Origin and History for cocoanut

coconut

n.

1610s, from coco + nut. Meaning "the head" is slang from 1834.

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