American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tree (Nephelium lappaceum) of southeast Asia, bearing edible oval red fruit with soft spines.
- n. The fruit of this tree.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of Nephelium lappaceum, a lofty tree of the Malay archipelago. It is of an oval form, somewhat flattened, 2 inches long, of a reddish color, and covered with soft spines or hairs. The edible part is an aril, and is of a pleasant subacid taste. The tree is related to the lichi and longan, and is cultivated in numerous varieties.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A Malayan fruit produced by the tree Nephelium lappaceum, and closely related to the litchi nut. It is bright red, oval in shape, covered with coarse hairs (whence the name), and contains a pleasant acid pulp. Called also
- n. Malayan tree bearing spiny red fruit
- n. pleasantly acid bright red oval Malayan fruit covered with soft spines
- From Malay rambutan, English usage first attested 1707. (Wiktionary)
- Malay, from rambut, hair (from its hairy covering). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She might mean a culogo, but they would not be found in rambutan trees.”
“This subject is mentioned elsewhere: see chapter on the Arts and Sciences of the Singhalese.] _The use of fruit_ -- Fruits are abundant and wholesome; but with the exception of oranges, pineapples, the luscious mango and the indescribable "rambutan," for want of horticultural attention they are inferior in flavour, and soon cease to be alluring.”
“They are slowly smoked using wood from the rambutan tree before being sent to local markets and abroad.”
“But I personally prefer mangosteen or rambutan, though.”
“A block from Honolulu Harbor, a wide pedestrian lane called Kekaulike runs between two rows of old brick buildings, lined with palm trees and cardboard boxes piled high with fragrant papayas, apple bananas, pineapples, and spiky, ruby-colored rambutan.”
“Yudhoyono told a reporter for Koran Tempo Daily that when he invited Obama to come to Jakarta next year, Barack said that "besides forging greater cooperation between the two nations, a visit would give him a chance to try local food again, including meatball soup, nasi goreng and rambutan.”
“On the other hand, my first memories of Thailand, for example, are incredibly vivid: Stepping out on the tarmac of Don Mueang in the heat of a murky tropical night, hearing shouts of "Yankee go home" before being wai'ed and given jasmine-scented garlands and some juicy, sticky rambutan by my AFS hosts on the way into town.”
“A fine mist filters down through the rambutan trees.”
“We pause under the shade of a rambutan tree, next to a hedge shaped like a monkey eating a banana.”
“I love the taste of rambutan but I'm not a fan of the texture so I hardly ever buy them.”
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