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carambola

[kar-uh m-boh-luh]
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noun
  1. a tree, Averrhoa carambola, native to southeastern Asia, bearing deeply ridged, yellow-brown, edible fruit.
  2. Also called star fruit. the fruit itself.
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Origin of carambola

1590–1600; < Portuguese < Marathi karambal
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Historical Examples

  • Now, we will not leave them, adds the wild man, till you have had a carambola boca de jarro!

    Wild Spain (Espaa agreste)

    Abel Chapman


British Dictionary definitions for carambola

carambola

noun
  1. a tree, Averrhoa carambola, probably native to Brazil but cultivated in the tropics, esp SE Asia, for its edible fruit
  2. Also called: star fruit the smooth-skinned yellow fruit of this tree, which is star-shaped in cross section
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Word Origin

C18: Spanish carambola a sour greenish fruit, from Portuguese, from Marathi karambal
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