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Coconut

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Niu (Coconut) Cocos nucifera

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Germinated coconut palm, Cocos nucifera

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Coconut palm, Cocos nucifera

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Coconut Cocos Nucifera

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Coco nucifera (Arecaceae), the coconut palm

The coconut tree is a member of the palm tree family (Arecaceae) and the only living species of the genus Cocos. The term "coconut" can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which botanically is a drupe, not a nut. The term is derived from the 16th-century Portuguese and Spanish word coco meaning "head" or "skull" after the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.