from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feather-leaved Central American palm (Orbignya cohune) having hard-shelled fruits that yield a useful oil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of palm, Orbignya cohune, native to South America, producing large nuts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A Central and South American pinnate-leaved palm (Attalea cohune), the very large and hard nuts of which are turned to make fancy articles, and also yield an oil used as a substitute for coconut oil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pinnately leaved palm, Attalea Cohune, native of Central America. The fruit yields oil and is used in the same manner as the ivory-nut for turning small articles. See Attalea and corozo, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tropical American feather palm whose large nuts yield valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivory


New Latin, perhaps from American Spanish, from Mosquito ókhún.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish, perhaps from Miskito ókhún. (Wiktionary)



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