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From coco +‎ nut.

Beached coconut.
Ivory Coastian coconut.



coconut (countable and uncountable, plural coconuts)

  1. A fruit of the coconut palm (not a true nut), Cocos nucifera, having a fibrous husk surrounding a large seed.
  2. A hard-shelled seed of this fruit, having white flesh and a fluid-filled central cavity.
  3. (uncountable) The edible white flesh of this fruit.
  4. The coconut palm.
  5. (pejorative, ethnic slur) A Hispanic or dark-skinned person who acts “white” (Caucasian), alluding to the fact that a coconut is brown on the outside and white on the inside. Compare banana (East Asian who acts white).
  6. (South Africa, pejorative) A black person who thinks "white" (European). Compare banana (East Asian who acts white).
  7. (New Zealand, pejorative) A Pacific islander.
  8. (slang) A female breast.
  9. (slang, non-pejorative) The human head (often used in cricket broadcasts when a ball hits or nearly hits a batsman on the head).

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