the edible fruit of a tree, Durio zibethinus, of the bombax family, of southeastern Asia, having a hard, prickly rind, a highly flavored, pulpy flesh, and an unpleasant odor.
the tree itself.
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How to use durian in a sentence
The licorice discourse is more like those around durian or Marmite, foods that have strong, pungent flavors that people either love or hate.Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Licorice | Jessica Furseth | August 24, 2021 | Eater
Native to Southeast Asia, and wildly revered, durian is often labeled an “exotic” fruit.
Once I even got a durian—Asian fruit notorious for smelling like a sweaty sock—which did not make me popular that month.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison | Daniel Genis | June 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The durian (Durio zibethinus) is also peculiar to the Malayan countries.The History of Sumatra | William Marsden
We bought yesterday in Penang a durian, which we experimented upon to-day.Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water | Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
These durians are not to be surpassed— Ta lawan-lah buah durian ini.A Manual of the Malay language | William Edward Maxwell
The durian seeds, when roasted, make an excellent substitute for chestnuts.Trade and Travel in the Far East | G. F. Davidson
Marched in a south direction and crossed Ayer Tubbu, passing a number of durian trees on its bank.The History of Sumatra | William Marsden
British Dictionary definitions for durian
a SE Asian bombacaceous tree, Durio zibethinus, having very large oval fruits with a hard spiny rind containing seeds surrounded by edible evil-smelling aril
the fruit of this tree, which has an offensive smell but a pleasant taste: supposedly an aphrodisiac
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