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Fiddle and bow
MFA# 1982.12


Coconut cup
MFA# 33.60

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.); kokosnöt (Sven.); kokospalm (Sven.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

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

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Resources and Citations

  • Virginia Tech Dencrology website at (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)

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