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The hard ovoid shaped fruit of the coconut palm tree (Cocos nucifera) native to the tropics. Coconuts have a fibrous outer husk (see coir) and a woody inner shell which contains the coconut meat (copra) and juice (white liquid). Coconut shells range in diameter from 8 to 14 inches.

Synonyms and Related Terms

coconut palm tree (Cocos nucifera); coconut shells; kokos (Dan.); Kokosnuss (Deut.); Kokosnusspalme (Deut.); cocotero (Esp.); coco (Esp., Fr., Port.); cocotier (Fr.); coqueiro (Port.); kokospalme (Ned.); kokosnoot (Ned.); Palma kokosowa (Pol.); kokosnt (Sven.); kokospalm (Sven.)


Other Properties

Tree height = up to 30 m Bark = light gray brown with rings Palm leaves = 4-6 m

Additional Images


  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: coconut palm" Encyclopdia Britannica [Accessed September 22, 2003].
  • Website address 1, Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dencrology website at (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)

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