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quandong

[kwon-dong]
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noun
  1. an Australian tree, Fusanus acuminatus, bearing a fruit with an edible, nutlike seed.
  2. the fruit, or the seed or nut.
Also quan·dang, quantong.

Origin of quandong

First recorded in 1830–40, quandong is from the Wiradjuri word guwandhāŋ
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Examples from the Web for quandong

Historical Examples

  • We let them rest in the shade of some quandong trees, which grew in great numbers round about here.

    Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration

    Ernest Giles

  • The quandong fruit here was splendid—we dried a quantity in the sun.


British Dictionary definitions for quandong

quandong

quandang quantong (ˈkwɒnˌtɒŋ)

noun
  1. Also called: native peach
    1. a small Australian santalaceous tree, Eucarya acuminata (or Fusanus acuminatus)
    2. the edible fruit or nut of this tree, used in preserves
  2. silver quandong
    1. an Australian tree, Elaeocarpus grandis : family Elaeocarpaceae
    2. the pale easily worked timber of this tree
  3. Australian informal a person who takes advantage of other people's generosity

Word Origin

from a native Australian language
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