Definition of coco de mer in English:

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coco de mer

Pronunciation: /ˌkōkō də ˈmer/

noun

1A tall palm tree that is native to the Seychelles and has an immense, seaborne nut in a hard, woody shell, which is the largest known seed.
  • Lodoicea maldivica, family Palmae.
Example sentences
  • 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 large nut of the coco de mer.
Example sentences
  • 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).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: co·co de mer

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