[ koir ]
/ kɔɪr /


the prepared fiber of the husk of the coconut fruit, used in making rope, matting, etc.

Origin of coir

1575–85; < Malayalam kayaru cord; replacing cairo < Portuguese < Tamil kayiṟu rope Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coir


/ (kɔɪə) /


the fibre prepared from the husk of the coconut, used in making rope and matting

Word Origin for coir

C16: from Malayalam kāyar rope, from kāyaru to be twisted
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Word Origin and History for coir



"prepared coconut fiber," 1580s, from Malayalam kayar "cord," from kayaru "to be twisted."

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