''Cocos nucifera'' The coconut tree (''Cocos nucifera'') is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family). It is the only accepted species in the genus ''Cocos''. The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut. The spelling cocoanut is an archaic form of the word.
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