rambutan

[ram-boot-n]
noun
  1. the bright-red oval fruit of a Malayan, sapindaceous tree, Nephelium lappaceum, covered with soft spines, or hairs, and having a subacid taste.
  2. the tree itself.

Origin of rambutan

1700–10; < Malay, equivalent to rambut hair + -an nominalizing suffix
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Historical Examples of rambutan

  • Then there was the rambutan—a globular fruit, an inch and a half in diameter.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Among the fruits which we have tasted for the first time the mangosteen and the rambutan are rivals in popularity.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan

  • 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 Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan

  • The pulp of the rambutan resembles a pigeon's egg in size and shape and contains a single seed.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan


British Dictionary definitions for rambutan

rambutan

noun
  1. a sapindaceous tree, Nephelium lappaceum, native to SE Asia, that has bright red edible fruit
  2. the fruit of this tree

Word Origin for rambutan

C18: from Malay, from rambut hair
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