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Copra \Co"pra\, n. [Malay['a]lam koppara or Hind. khopr[=a].] (Com.) The dried meat of the cocoanut, from which cocoanut oil is expressed. [Written also cobra, copperah, coppra.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

dried kernel of coconut, 1580s, from Portuguese copra (16c.), from Malayalam koppara (cognate with Hindi khopra) "coconut;" related to Hindi khopri "skull," from Sanskrit kharparah "skull."


n. The dry kernel of the coconut, from which coconut oil is extruded.


n. the dried meat of the coconut from which oil is extracted


Copra is the dried meat, or dried kernel, of the coconut used to extract coconut oil. The earliest evidence of the extracting and use of coconut oil from copra is in early Tamil literature from the 1st century AD. The word originated from the Malayalam word koppra. Coconut oil is extracted from it and this has made copra an important agricultural commodity for many coconut-producing countries. It also yields coconut cake, which is mainly used as feed for livestock.

Usage examples of "copra".

Hamilton opined that we could go into the copra business: the dogs could husk coconuts faster than the natives.

We drove past the dark bulk of a copra warehouse and then we were on a narrow track through a palm plantation and Piro waved at it.

He gathered Ahira, Aeia, Chak, Rahff, and Tennetty around him, keeping the group well away from Ganness and the three sarong-clad Mel, who were busy at the bow, haggling over the price of Melawei copra and Endell steel.

Every one called in consequence, save such as might be prosecuting a South Sea quarrel, hingeing on the price of copra and the odd cent, or perhaps a difference about poultry.

As early as the late twentieth century, the energetic Ticos of Costa Rica had recognized that the future lay not in banana or copra farming, but in hitech and ecotourism, and had structured their country accordingly.

Worse, once, when they had shelled a warehouse full of holdouts in Lamoru and the dried copra inside had caught fire.

The few dozen sailors assigned there-donkeys, left over from copra and coconut-harvesting operations, far outnumbered humans-lived in primitive hootches and lived only for the next supply ship to take them off the beautiful but lonely desert island.

In front, from shortly after four in the morning until nine at night, the folk of the town streamed by us intermittingly along the road: families going up the island to make copra on their lands.

Sepie had been marked for mispel from the moment of her menses, when she emerged from the women's house with her lavalava tied a bit too high and showing a bit too much cappuccino thigh, her skin rubbed with copra until she glistened all over, and her breasts shining like polished wooden tea cups.

The supercargoes, whose business it is to keep tally of the copra at three pounds a month and a percentage, are rarely in the palace.

He has a copra plantation of five thousand palms and a citrus grove on the mainland at Henderson Creek with fifteen hundred orange trees.

He sailed a schooner for copra in the Tongas and went silver prospecting on big Apia in the Solomon Islands.