Definition of copra in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒprə/


[mass noun]
Dried coconut kernels, from which oil is obtained.
Example sentences
  • Since the 19th century, Mafia islanders have depended upon copra, or dried coconut, as their primary export to world markets.
  • She was raised in a large two-story house that had a grocery store and a scale for weighing rice and copra and was shared with relatives.
  • The organisation, formed by the State Government in 1987, is engaged in procuring coconuts and copra and processing them.


Late 16th century: via Portuguese and Spanish from Malayalam koppara 'coconut'.

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