- the dried kernel or meat of the coconut from which coconut oil is expressed.
Origin of copra
1575–85; < Portuguese < Malayalam koppara < Hindi khoprā coconut
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Examples from the Web for copra
Most of them had large quantities of oil and copra—this also was shipped.Concerning "Bully" Hayes
It is for you, so that you can walk in comfort and carry your copra in comfort.
It smelt strongly of paraffin and of the copra which was its usual cargo.
He paid the natives what he liked for their copra, and he paid in goods and whiskey.
They had only been passing by, for copra; and the story I told them was a shocking one.All the Brothers Were Valiant
Ben Ames Williams
- the dried, oil-yielding kernel of the coconut
C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam koppara, probably from Hindi khoprā coconut
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Word Origin and History for copra
dried kernel of coconut, 1580s, from Portuguese copra (16c.), from Malayalam koppara (cognate with Hindi khopra) "coconut;" related to Hindi khopri "skull," from Sanskrit kharparah "skull."
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