Definition of coco de mer in English:

coco de mer

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Pronunciation: /ˌkəʊkəʊdəˈmɛː
 
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noun

  • 1A tall palm tree native to the Seychelles. Also called double coconut.
    • Lodoicea maldivica, family Palmae
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    • The so-called coco de mer, or ‘double coconut’, is not a true coconut, and is described separately.
    • As we weave among almond trees and coco de mers, our driver tells us that some guests never leave their cottages.
    • The huge seed of the coco de mer is unique to the Seychelles islands in the western Indian Ocean.
  • 1.1The immense nut of the coco de mer tree, which is encased in a hard woody shell and is the largest known seed.
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    • She says that she recognised the spiritual and sexual significance of the coco de mer nut, which is seen as a potent and particularly feminine symbol of fertility.

Origin

early 19th century: from French coco-de-mer, literally 'coco from the sea' (because the tree was first known from nuts found floating in the sea).

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