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

Examples from the Web for coir

Historical Examples of coir

  • Manilla, coir, and some other ropes, do not require tarring.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Where else do we find a priestly fugitive slave, who held his sacred office by the coir na glaive, the Eight of Sword?

  • They had put a coir warp ashore, and gave the barque a cant in the current, so as to bring the broadside to bear on the flagstaff.

  • If a small line could be got across from ship to ship, the end of it would be made fast to a coir hawser in the Monsoon.

    Pincher Martin, O.D.

    H. Taprell Dorling

  • Coir, koir, n. the strong fibre of the husk of the coco-nut, used for making door-mats.

British Dictionary definitions for coir



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper