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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.
1700-10; < Malay, equivalent to rambut hair + -an nominalizing suffix Unabridged
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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
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Encyclopedia Article for rambutan

(Nephelium lappaceum), tree of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae). It is native to Malaysia, where it is commonly cultivated for its tasty fruit, also called rambutan. The bright-red, oval fruit, about the size of a small hen's egg, is covered with long, soft spines and has a tasty acid pulp. The tree grows to about 10.5-12 metres (35-40 feet)

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