coconut and coconut palm tree ( Cocos )

Pronunciation key

( kōkə-nut′ )



  1. Oval fruit consisting of a thick, fibrous oval brown husk covering a hard shell which encloses a layer of edible white flesh which surrounds a hollow center filled with a sweet, milky fluid called coconut milk.
  2. A tall palm tree that grows and is cultivated throughout the tropics for the fruit which provides a source of fruit and drink. The foliage is used for thatch.
  3. also spelled, cocoanut.
Taxonomic Hierarchy
coconut palm
The tree and cross section of the fruit.
Kingdom Plantae – Vegetal, plants
Subkingdom Viridaeplantae – green plants
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants
Subdivision Spermatophytina – spermatophytes, seed plants
Infradivision Angiospermae – flowering plants, angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida
Superorder Lilianae – monocots, monocotyledons
Order Arecales
Family Arecaceae
Genus Cocos L. – coconut palm
Direct Children:
Species Cocos nucifera L. – coconut palm, Palma de Coco

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Cocos, L., Taxonomic Serial No.: 42450
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