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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: coco 'coconut' (16-18 centuries) (from Portuguese, 'grinning face'; because the bottom of a coconut, with its three spots, looks like a face) + nut

coconut

noun
     
coconut
Related topics: Cooking, Food Dish, Plants
co‧co‧nut
1 [countable]DFFHBP the large brown seed of a tropical tree, which has a hard shell containing white flesh that you can eat and a milky liquid that you can drink:
large tropical gardens of coconut palms
2 [uncountable]DFC the white flesh of a coconut, often used in cooking:
desiccated coconut (=dried coconut)

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