Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tree (Durio zibethinus) of southeast Asia, bearing edible fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this plant, having a hard, prickly rind and soft pulp with an offensive odor but a pleasant taste.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several trees, genus Durio, of southeast Asia.
  • n. The spiky edible fruit of this tree, known for its unpleasant odor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of the durio. It is oval or globular, and eight or ten inches long. It has a hard prickly rind, containing a soft, cream-colored pulp, of a most delicious flavor and a very offensive odor. The seeds are roasted and eaten like chestnuts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tree, the Durio Zibethinus.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. huge fruit native to southeastern Asia `smelling like Hell and tasting like Heaven'; seeds are roasted and eaten like nuts
  • n. tree of southeastern Asia having edible oval fruit with a hard spiny rind

Etymologies

Malay durian, from duri, thorn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay durian, from Proto-Malayic *duri-an, from Proto-Western Malayo-Polynesian *duʀi-an. (Wiktionary)

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  • Me: "A tofu bánh mì and a boba tea, please."
    Cashier: "Boba tea.... What flavor?"
    Me: "Durian."
    Cashier: "You sure? Have you ever tried it?"
    Me: "No... it's okay. I'm sure."

    She shook her head at me, but wrote it down on the ticket. Later she caught a whiff of it as she was handing it to me. She looked disgusted. Boba tea, also called bubble tea, is the drink that looks like a polka-dot milkshake with colored tapioca pearls in it. Today, because of the durian flavor, the pearls reminded me of pearl onions. It did seem to have a hint of almonds... and gym socks.

    June 2, 2010

  • I am dense as hell. I just got dontcry's comment. Har!

    July 16, 2009

  • How I applaud the orang-utang's discrimination.

    October 20, 2008

  • Didn't they sing "Hungry Like the Wolf?"
    Didn't they sing "Hungry Like the Wolf?"

    June 15, 2008

  • I think O'Brian's talking through his clacker. They taste pretty much as they smell, a hashmagandy of spaghetti, coffee and sweet tamarind flavours. Overrated.

    June 14, 2008

  • The trick is to store it in the fridge. Cold = less odour. Though I think people exaggerate how "bad" durians smell.

    June 14, 2008

  • Ha! I love the last sentence in that quote!

    March 4, 2008

  • Interesting usage that describes this fruit:

    "'Some people eat them,' remarked van Buren, and then he cried 'Take care.' The durian fell with a heavy thump, an object the size and shape of a coconut but covered with strong thickset spikes... 'Ugly spikes: I have had several patients with dangerous lacerated wounds from a durian falling on their heads. The orang-utang opens them, however, spikes, coriaceous skin and all. This one is quite ripe, I am happy to say. Try a piece.'

    "'Stephen realized that the smell of decay came not from their dissection but from the fruit, and it was not without a certain effort that he overcame his reluctance. 'Oh,' said he a moment later, 'how extraordinarily good; and what an extraordinary contradiction between the senses of smell and taste. I had supposed them to be inseparably allied. How I applaud the orang-utang's discrimination.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 190–191

    March 4, 2008

  • Don't they make countertops out of this?

    January 24, 2008

  • A durian pomegranate? That's taking hybridization way too far!

    December 8, 2007

  • I liked those lists of regulations on the back of hotel doors in Indonesia saying things like no cooking allowed in the room, no guests after 11pm, and no durians under any circumstances!

    How would you describe a durian pomegranate?

    December 8, 2007

  • Once you get past the smell of this fruit, it is really quite tasty! Hold your nose and take a bite. An expensive Thai delicacy!

    December 8, 2007