coconut

[ koh-kuh-nuht, -nuh t ]
/ ˈkoʊ kəˌnʌt, -nət /

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.

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Sometimes co·coa·nut.

Origin of coconut

First recorded in 1605–15; coco + nut
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British Dictionary definitions for coconut

coconut

cocoanut

/ (ˈkəʊkəˌnʌt) /

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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