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durian

or du·ri·on

[doo r-ee-uh n, -ahn]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of durian

1580–90; < Malay: a fruit with spiky skin, equivalent to duri thorn + -an nominalizer suffix
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  • It picked up the Durian which lay there and began to devour it.

    Blown to Bits

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • It was a ripe Durian which had fallen from an immense height and missed him by a hairbreadth.

    Blown to Bits

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “All burra sahib like durian,” said the Kling, showing his white teeth.

    Middy and Ensign

    G. Manville Fenn

  • I will begin with the durian, or sumpà, the fruit of which is unknown in our country.

    My Friends the Savages

    Giovanni Battista Cerruti

  • The season of the mangosteen is the same with that of the durian.

    Siam

    George B. Bacon


British Dictionary definitions for durian

durian

durion

noun
  1. 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
  2. the fruit of this tree, which has an offensive smell but a pleasant taste: supposedly an aphrodisiac
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Word Origin

C16: from Malay, from duri thorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for durian

n.

1580s, from Malay durian, from duri "thorn, prickle." So called for its rind.

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