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cohune

or cohune palm

[ koh-hoon ]
/ koʊˈhun /
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noun
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

First recorded in 1795–1805; from New Latin, from Latin American Spanish, from Miskito ókhún, óchún, uchún

Words nearby cohune

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How to use cohune in a sentence

  • Through the gathering shadows he thought he saw directly beneath him the wide spreading leaves of a young cohune-nut tree.

    The Red Lure|Roy J. Snell
  • A gentle breeze, entering the hut through its lattice-like walls of cohune-nut stems, fluttered the corners of the bills.

    The Red Lure|Roy J. Snell
  • We were importing cohune nuts at the rate of 4,000 tons per month at the time of the armistice.

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

British Dictionary definitions for cohune

cohune
/ (kəʊˈhuːn) /

noun
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

Word Origin for cohune

C19: from American Spanish, from South American Indian ókhún
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