[ kar-uh m-boh-luh ]
/ ˌkær əmˈboʊ lə /


a tree, Averrhoa carambola, native to southeastern Asia, bearing deeply ridged, yellow-brown, edible fruit.
Also called star fruit. the fruit itself.

Origin of carambola

1590–1600; < Portuguese < Marathi karambal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carambola

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

British Dictionary definitions for carambola


/ (ˌkærəmˈbəʊlə) /


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

Word Origin for carambola

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