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or durion

[doo r-ee-uh n, -ahn] /ˈdʊər i ən, -ˌɑn/
the edible fruit of a tree, Durio zibethinus, of the bombax family, of southeastern Asia, having a hard, prickly rind, a highly flavored, pulpy flesh, and an unpleasant odor.
the tree itself.
Origin of durian
1580-90; < Malay: a fruit with spiky skin, equivalent to duri thorn + -an nominalizer suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It picked up the durian which lay there and began to devour it.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was a ripe durian which had fallen from an immense height and missed him by a hairbreadth.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • “All burra sahib like durian,” said the Kling, showing his white teeth.

    Middy and Ensign G. Manville Fenn
  • I will begin with the durian, or sumpà, the fruit of which is unknown in our country.

    My Friends the Savages Giovanni Battista Cerruti
  • The season of the mangosteen is the same with that of the durian.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • The durian and mangosteen are the most remarkable, and have already been described.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • The durian (Durio zibethinus) is also peculiar to the Malayan countries.

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
  • He tasted—and, like Mr. Wallace, "became a confirmed durian eater" from that day.

    Blown to Bits Robert Michael Ballantyne
  • The "durian" is very heavy, and natives have been known to die from the effects of a blow from this fruit.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
British Dictionary definitions for durian


a SE Asian bombacaceous tree, Durio zibethinus, having very large oval fruits with a hard spiny rind containing seeds surrounded by edible evil-smelling aril
the fruit of this tree, which has an offensive smell but a pleasant taste: supposedly an aphrodisiac
Word Origin
C16: from Malay, from duri thorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for durian

1580s, from Malay durian, from duri "thorn, prickle." So called for its rind.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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