durion

durian

[door-ee-uhn, -ahn]
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.
Also, durion.


Origin:
1580–90; < Malay: a fruit with spiky skin, equivalent to duri thorn + -an nominalizer suffix

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durian or durion (ˈdjʊərɪən)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Malay, from duri thorn]
 
durion or durion
 
n
 
[C16: from Malay, from duri thorn]

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durian
1580s, from Malay durian, from duri "thorn, prickle."
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