du·​ri·​an | \ ˈdu̇r-ē-ən How to pronounce durian (audio) , -ē-ˌän also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durian

1 : a large oval tasty but foul-smelling fruit with a prickly rind
2 : a southeast Asian tree (Durio zibethinus) of the silk-cotton family that bears durians

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Recent Examples on the Web Adoption of supercapacitors is still pricey, though, which is why Gomes and company have turned to relatively inexpensive organic waste from the jackfruit and the durian. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Fruit That Smells Like Butt Could Charge Your iPhone," 26 Feb. 2020 Red Circle quickly developed a cult following for its unique ice cream flavors (durian, guava, hot Cheetos, ube, dirt cake, barbecue), churros desserts, and Hong Kong-style egg waffles. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland ready to scoop up Red Circle Ice Cream," 31 Jan. 2020 The produce section will offer fruits native to Asia, such as jackfruit, persimmons, longan and durian, according to a slideshow presented at the preview event. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "6 questions answered about Arizona's first H Mart and a look inside the Mesa megastore," 22 Jan. 2020 Chen has also developed a method to transform the cellulose-rich husks of the durian -- a notoriously smelly tropical fruit -- into plastic wrap. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Could Asia's passion for tofu help solve the plastic crisis?," 2 Dec. 2019 Across town, the restroom wallpaper of Breadbelly, which specializes in Asian and Asian-American pastries, features durian, cherimoya, mangosteen, and other treasured fruits of Southeast Asia. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The Best Things Restaurants Did in 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 These days, the global market for raw durian is growing rapidly and expected to reach $25 billion by 2030, with much of the demand from China. latimes.com, "Today: SoCal's Seismic Calm Is Over," 5 July 2019 Before migrating to Malaysia in the 1940s, the elder Tan had never seen a durian. David Pierson, latimes.com, "Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King," 4 July 2019 Before migrating to Malaysia in the 1940s, the elder Tan had never seen a durian. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of durian

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Durian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durian. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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