- the bright-red oval fruit of a Malayan, sapindaceous tree, Nephelium lappaceum, covered with soft spines, or hairs, and having a subacid taste.
- the tree itself.
Origin of rambutan
1700–10; < Malay, equivalent to rambut hair + -an nominalizing suffix
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Examples from the Web for rambutan
Then there was the rambutan—a globular fruit, an inch and a half in diameter.In the Eastern Seas
Among the fruits which we have tasted for the first time the mangosteen and the rambutan are rivals in popularity.
The rambutan has not received as much praise as the mangosteen, but I am not sure but that it is superior for continuous use.
The pulp of the rambutan resembles a pigeon's egg in size and shape and contains a single seed.
- a sapindaceous tree, Nephelium lappaceum, native to SE Asia, that has bright red edible fruit
- the fruit of this tree
C18: from Malay, from rambut hair
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