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or cohune palm

  1. a pinnate-leaved palm, Orbignya cohune, native to Central America, bearing large nuts whose meat yields an oil resembling that of the coconut.
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Origin of cohune

1795–1805; < New Latin < American Spanish, of uncertain origin
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Historical Examples

  • Cohune-nut oil is produced from the nuts of the cohune palm, which flourishes in British Honduras.

    The Handbook of Soap Manufacture

    W. H. Simmons

British Dictionary definitions for cohune


  1. a tropical American feather palm, Attalea (or Orbignya) cohune, whose large oily nuts yield an oil similar to coconut oilAlso called: cohune palm See also coquilla nut
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Word Origin

C19: from American Spanish, from South American Indian ókhún
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