a tree, Averrhoa carambola, native to southeastern Asia, bearing deeply ridged, yellow-brown, edible fruit.
Also called star fruit. the fruit itself.

1590–1600; < Portuguese < Marathi karambal Unabridged
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carambola (ˌkærəmˈbəʊlə)
1.  a tree, Averrhoa carambola, probably native to Brazil but cultivated in the tropics, esp SE Asia, for its edible fruit
2.  Also called: star fruit the smooth-skinned yellow fruit of this tree, which is star-shaped in cross section
[C18: Spanish carambola a sour greenish fruit, from Portuguese, from Marathi karambal]

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Little is known about the performance of carambola cultivars grown in the tropics and subtropics.
Harvest maturity, pre-cutting wash, and post-processing dip to improve quality of fresh-cut carambola fruit.
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