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coquilla nut

(kōkē`yə, kōkēl`yə) [Span.,=little coconut], fruit of a Brazilian palmpalm,
common name for members of the Palmae, a large family of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines. Most species are treelike, characterized by a crown of compound leaves, called fronds, terminating a tall, woody, unbranched stem.
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 (Attalea funifera), closely related to the coconut palm. Its fruit, 3 to 4 in. (7.6–10.2 cm) long, is very hard, of a richly streaked brown, and capable of taking a fine polish; it is used in cabinetwork and for umbrella handles. More important economically is the stiff, wiry, bright chocolate-colored leaf fiber, called piassava or piassaba, obtained from this and similar palms. It is used in making brooms and rope, and is an important export product in Amazonian South America. The nut is also a source of palm oil. Coquilla nuts are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Arecales, family Arecacae (Palmae).