- 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)
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Examples from the Web for mangosteen
Not even a mangosteen sprinkled with sugar could awaken his enthusiasm.Tales of the Malayan Coast
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
The season of the mangosteen is the same with that of the durian.
No fruit in the world has won such praises as the 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
C16: from Malay mangustan
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