- 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
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Now, we will not leave them, adds the wild man, till you have had a carambola boca de jarro!Wild Spain (Espaa agreste)
- 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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