the juicy, edible fruit of an East Indian tree, Garcinia mangostana.
the tree itself.

Origin of mangosteen

1590–1600; earlier mangostan < Dutch < Malay manggis(h)utan (dial. manggista) a variety of mangosteen (manggis mangosteen + hutan forest) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of mangosteen

  • Not even a mangosteen sprinkled with sugar could awaken his enthusiasm.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • I say,” whispered Frank, as he cut open a mangosteen, “do you notice anything?

    The Rajah of Dah

    George Manville Fenn

  • This variety is common in the Islands, and has often been mistaken for the Mangosteen.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands

    Gerrit Parmile Wilder

  • No fruit in the world has won such praises as the mangosteen.


    George B. Bacon

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


    George B. Bacon

British Dictionary definitions for mangosteen



an East Indian tree, Garcinia mangostana, with thick leathery leaves and edible fruit: family Clusiaceae
the fruit of this tree, having a sweet juicy pulp and a hard skin

Word Origin for mangosteen

C16: from Malay mangustan
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