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durian

or durion

[doo r-ee-uh n, -ahn] /ˈdʊər i ən, -ˌɑn/
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.
Origin of durian
1580-1590
1580-90; < Malay: a fruit with spiky skin, equivalent to duri thorn + -an nominalizer suffix
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  • “I hope we shall be successful,” said Nigel, helping himself to some more of what may be styled durian cream.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was a ripe durian which had fallen from an immense height and missed him by a hairbreadth.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • Among the choicest, I would name the mangistan, the durian, and the pumaloe or shaddock.

  • It picked up the durian which lay there and began to devour it.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • Another fruit, so delicious that it may almost be said to rival the durian, is the plè lòk.

    My Friends the Savages Giovanni Battista Cerruti
  • “All burra sahib like durian,” said the Kling, showing his white teeth.

    Middy and Ensign G. Manville Fenn
  • The durian is a favourite fruit with most people who can overcome its smell, which certainly is no very easy matter.

  • The durian and mangosteen are the most remarkable, and have already been described.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • The season of the mangosteen is the same with that of the durian.

    Siam George B. Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for durian

durian

/ˈdjʊərɪən/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Malay, from duri thorn
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Word Origin and History for durian
n.

1580s, from Malay durian, from duri "thorn, prickle." So called for its rind.

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