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[ram-boot-n] /ræmˈbut n/
the bright-red oval fruit of a Malayan, sapindaceous tree, Nephelium lappaceum, covered with soft spines, or hairs, and having a subacid taste.
the tree itself.
Origin of rambutan
1700-10; < Malay, equivalent to rambut hair + -an nominalizing suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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


a sapindaceous tree, Nephelium lappaceum, native to SE Asia, that has bright red edible fruit
the fruit of this tree
Word Origin
C18: from Malay, from rambut hair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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