Cocoa-Nut is a native of most of the tropical countries; the tree is from 40 to 60 feet high, the leaves from 10 to 15 feet long, and 3 feet broad. The fruit is about the size of a man's head; it contains a white kernel, the hollow of which is filled with a milky juice. The uses of the cocoa-nut tree are numerous and important. Its trunk is made into boats and water-gutters; and in housebuilding, the leaves serve for thatch, and are wrought into mats and baskets; likewise aa a substitute for paper in writing upon. The fibrous husk of the shell, after being soaked in water, is beaten into oakum, spun into a variety of yarns, woven into sail-cloth, and twisted into ropes and cables even for the largest ships. The hard shell is polished and formed into cups, powder-boxes, etc.