du·​ri·​an ˈdu̇r-ē-ən How to pronounce durian (audio)
 also  ˈdyu̇r-
: a large oval tasty but foul-smelling fruit with a prickly rind
: a southeast Asian tree (Durio zibethinus) of the silk-cotton family that bears durians

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Or Tor Kor fruit market, where masses of Chinese tourists would once gather around tables eating durian, business has ground to a halt. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2021 Hazmat crews scoured the space; the source was again a durian. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Today Brad and Ayesha sample 7 kinds of tropical fruit, from cracking open coconuts and odoriferous durian to tackling dragon fruit and an African kiwano. Mike Rose, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 Shoppers can find unique tropical fruit here including rambutan and, sometimes, fresh durian. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of durian was in 1588

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“Durian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durian. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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