Definition of carambola in English:


Line breaks: ca¦ram|bola
Pronunciation: /ˌkar(ə)mˈbəʊlə


  • 1A golden-yellow juicy fruit with a star-shaped cross section. Also called star fruit.
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    • The carambola, or five-finger fruit, has a mild but sweet taste, and a thinnish skin.
    • Star fruit - or carambola as it's also known - is just the ticket.
    • There are the kiwi fruit, watery rose apple, carambola, passion fruit, eggfruit, figs, strawberry guava, lovi lovi, mangostein, pomegranate.
  • 2The small tropical tree which bears carambolas.
    • Averrhoa carambola, family Oxalidaceae
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    • Carambola, a small tree or shrub, is thought to be native to Java or other parts of Indonesia, and perhaps also Sri Lanka.
    • If you are growing custard apples, bananas, sapodillas and carambolas, they could all do with a dressing of citrus and fruit tree fertiliser spread evenly around under the leaf canopy.
    • Carambolas can be severely damaged by flooding.


late 16th century: from Portuguese, probably from Marathi karambal.

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