Definition of durian in English:


Syllabification: du·ri·an
Pronunciation: /ˈdo͝orēən, -rēˌän


1An oval spiny tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp. Despite its fetid smell, it is highly esteemed for its flavor.
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  • Westerners find the smell of durians too strong.
  • For instance, the smell of durians is fragrant for people in some cultures but repellant for those in others.
  • He fumbles the last fruit - the durian - and it slips from his hands and splatters at Colin's feet.
2 (also durian tree) The large tree that bears the durian fruit, native to Malaysia.
  • Durio zibethinus, family Bombacaceae
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  • Many famous raw foodists don't have any qualms about eating lots of foods that are grown on the other side of our planet (one famous raw foodist calls himself the Durian King, though he lives in New York and durians are grown in Malaysia).
  • ‘But now I can grow trees like banana, durian, avocado and jackfruit to fulfill my own needs and patchouli that can be sold to businessmen for the cosmetics industry,’ he added.
  • Kebayoran Baru was just a large plantation mostly with rambutan and durian trees, just like other suburbs here.


late 16th century: from Malay durian, from duri 'thorn'.

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