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[mang-guh-steen] /ˈmæŋ gəˌstin/
the juicy, edible fruit of an East Indian tree, Garcinia mangostana.
the tree itself.
Origin of mangosteen
1590-1600; earlier mangostan < Dutch < Malay manggis(h)utan (dial. manggista) a variety of mangosteen (manggis mangosteen + hutan forest) Unabridged
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  • Not even a mangosteen sprinkled with sugar could awaken his enthusiasm.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • I say,” whispered Frank, as he cut open a mangosteen, “do you notice anything?

    The Rajah of Dah George Manville Fenn
  • This variety is common in the Islands, and has often been mistaken for the mangosteen.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands Gerrit Parmile Wilder
  • The season of the mangosteen is the same with that of the durian.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • No fruit in the world has won such praises as the mangosteen.

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

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • Here, for the first time, we indulged in that delicious fruit the mangosteen.

  • Those celebrated fruits, the mangosteen and the Durian, are natives of this region, and will hardly grow out of the Archipelago.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • He decided he could become a mangosteen addict in no time and started back to buy a bagful.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • There are three species of the mangosteen tree, but of only one, the Garania mangostina, is the fruit edible.

British Dictionary definitions for mangosteen


an East Indian tree, Garcinia mangostana, with thick leathery leaves and edible fruit: family Clusiaceae
the fruit of this tree, having a sweet juicy pulp and a hard skin
Word Origin
C16: from Malay mangustan
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