Definitions

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

  • n. An Australian root-parasitic tree or shrub (Santalum acuminatum) bearing shiny red drupes with edible flesh used for jam or as a dessert.
  • n. An Australian tree (Elaeocarpus angustifolius) having dark glossy green leaves, greenish-white flowers, and globular, shiny, bright blue drupes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fruit of a sandalwood tree.
  • n. The fruit of Elaeocarpus angustifolius, unrelated to sandalwood, called blue quandong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The edible drupaceous fruit of an Australian tree (Fusanus acuminatus) of the Sandalwood family; -- called also quandang.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as quandang. See also Fusanus.

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

  • n. Australian tree with edible flesh and edible nutlike seed
  • n. the fruit of the Brisbane quandong tree
  • n. Australian tree having hard white timber and glossy green leaves with white flowers followed by one-seeded glossy blue fruit
  • n. red Australian fruit; used for dessert or in jam

Etymologies

Wiradhuri (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) guwandhaaŋ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Wiradjuri guwandhang (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Enough to accept that I might never make it to Australia’s outback to sample bush fruits like the red quandong, which is considered a gourmet treat, or the blue quandong, which looks like an ostrich egg painted metallic blue with a glitter gun, or even the silver quandong, which is so far ahead of its time that fruities will only be eating them in the distant future.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The regent bowerbird is enjoying his morning shower 50 metres up in the top of the quandong, meticulously grooming each gleaming feather.

    Australian floods: Why were we so surprised?

  • “Bedyewrie” (XIMENIA AMERICANA) has a sweetish flavour, with a speedy after-taste of bitter almonds, and generally refreshing and thirst-allaying qualities; the shiny blue quandong

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Struck with bewilderment, the honey-eaters became dumb, the dismayed doves forgot to coo, the scrub-fowl ceased their chuckling, and three cockatoos flew from the blue-fruited quandong-tree shrieking abominable sarcasms.

    My Tropic Isle

  • The quandong (Santalum acuminatum) is widely distributed across Australia's arid inland.

    Chapter 7

  • The quandong is reported to be highly resistant to drought, high temperatures, and salinity.

    Chapter 7

  • Preliminary assessment of an orchard of quandong seedling trees.

    Chapter 7

  • The nutritional potential of the quandong (Santalum acuminatum) kernel.

    Chapter 7

  • We passed several quandong trees in full fruit, of which we ate a great quantity; they were the most palatable, and sweetest I have ever eaten.

    Australia Twice Traversed, Illustrated,

  • During the day we saw some native poplars, quandong, or native peach, capparis, or native orange, and a few scented sandal-wood-trees; nearly all of these different kinds of trees were very stunted in their growth.

    Australia Twice Traversed, Illustrated,

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