American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree, the Durio Zibethinus.
- n. The fruit of this tree.
- n. Any of several trees, genus Durio, of southeast Asia.
- n. The spiky edible fruit of this tree, known for its unpleasant odor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- 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
- From Malay durian, from Proto-Malayic *duri-an, from Proto-Western Malayo-Polynesian *duʀi-an. (Wiktionary)
- Malay durian, from duri, thorn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Available in durian flavor or pandan/coconut, even my 4 year old lily-white stepson likes them.”
“I also have never successfully tracked down a durian from a reputable source.”
“Horns, at that time sounded from all directions and Kumpee, the fetid one, at times irascibly chewed the fetid fruit called durian or slowly slurped from the beer can in his hands allowing the liquid in his mouth to spread and re-spread before swallowing.”
“The durian is like no other fruit from which I could offer a comparison: it contains no juice, it is not sweet, it is not acid; it is a food more than a refreshment.”
“He doesn't eat the notoriously ass-smelling South Asian fruit called durian because he wants to shock - he loves the stank spine ball for its custardy consistency and nutty taste, and he revels in the rarity of cutting open a ripe durian while floating downriver on a houseboat, as he did in one episode from Indonesia.”
“The durian is the most odoriferous fruit in the world.”
“The durian is a favourite fruit with most people who can overcome its smell, which certainly is no very easy matter.”
“Wallace says that to eat a durian is a new sensation, worth a voyage to the East to experience.”
“I have just bought some Musang King and D101 plus I-forgot-what's-its-name durian species that are both "kam" and bitter ... for my wife!!!”
“Over the weekend, I purchased a durian, which is a tropical fruit that originates in Southeast Asia, in Chinatown in San Francisco with my friend Prisna.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘durian’.
List naming fruits found in foreign markets and lands that are seldom seen or heard of in America.
What-the-smell is that?
Words to quiz the intermediate and advanced speller alike
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