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[mang-guh-steen] /ˈmæŋ gəˌstin/
the juicy, edible fruit of an East Indian tree, Garcinia mangostana.
the tree itself.
1590-1600; earlier mangostan < Dutch < Malay manggis(h)utan (dial. manggista) a variety of mangosteen (manggis mangosteen + hutan forest) Unabridged
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  • He walked past the old mangosteen tree and up to the edge of a laterite spur that jutted out into the river.
British Dictionary definitions for mangosteen


an East Indian tree, Garcinia mangostana, with thick leathery leaves and edible fruit: family Clusiaceae
the fruit of this tree, having a sweet juicy pulp and a hard skin
Word Origin
C16: from Malay mangustan
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Encyclopedia Article for mangosteen

(species Garcinia mangostana), handsome tropical tree of the family Clusiaceae, native to Southeast Asia, and its tart-sweet fruit. In Myanmar (Burma) it is called men-gu. Under favourable conditions, the slow-growing mangosteen tree can reach a height of 9.5 metres (31 feet). Individual trees have been reported to yield more than 1,000 fruits in a season.

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