dragon fruit

variants: or less commonly dragonfruit \ ˈdra-​gən-​ˌfrüt How to pronounce dragon fruit (audio) \
plural dragon fruits or dragon fruit also dragonfruits or dragonfruit

Definition of dragon fruit

1 : a large usually oval to oblong fruit of any of several erect, sprawling, or vining cacti (as of the genera Selenicereus, Hylocereus, or Sternocereus) that has leathery skin with prominent scaly spikes and juicy flesh : pitaya sense 2 especially : the fruit of a widely cultivated cactus (Hylocereus undatus) of Mexico and Central America that usually has bright pink or red skin and white or sometimes red, mildly sweet flesh with numerous tiny black seeds Suddenly, dragon fruit—also known as pitaya or pitahaya—is popping up in teas, thirst quenchers and even vodka. But its allure may have as much to do with is distinctive looks as its flavor. The New York Times One of the latest foods to satisfy the United States appetite for the exotic, the dragon fruit is produced by a cactus that can draw moisture from the air like an orchid. — A. R. Williams Tropical dragonfruit tasting like watermelon in one bite and strawberry in another, was an enchanting garnish for Concord grape granita with a lime sorbet … — Caroline Bates
2 : a cactus that produces dragon fruit : pitaya sense 1 Baskin's garden includes a pitaya or a dragon fruit plant that grows large red fruit with green spikes.— Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

First Known Use of dragon fruit

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dragon fruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dragon%20fruit. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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