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durian

Line breaks: dur¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˈdʊərɪən
 
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Definition of durian in English:

noun

1A spiny oval tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp. Despite its fetid smell it is highly valued for its flavour.
Example sentences
  • 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, native to Malaysia.
  • Durio zibethinus, family Bombaceae
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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