coquilla nut

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coquilla nut nut having a hard hazel-brown shell used like vegetable ivory
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coquilla nut (Bot) The fruit of a Brazilian tree (Attalea funifera of Martius.).☞ Its shell is hazel-brown in color, very hard and close in texture, and much used by turners in forming ornamental articles, such as knobs for umbrella handles.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg. coquilho, Sp. coquillo, dim. of coco, a cocoanut

Usage

In literature:

Would it surprise you to learn that English door-handles are commonly made out of coquilla nuts?
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
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