durian

noun
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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The agency plans to launch the durian from Earth with the help of a U.S. rocket company. Laignee Barron, Time, "Thailand to Send Smelly Durian Into Space Because Future Astronauts Should be Able to Enjoy Thai Food," 1 June 2018 The Toloa Reserve, the last remaining forest area on mainland Tonga, is home to several dozen species of plants and trees that have many uses: producing fruit (including durian and plums), timber, medicine, oils and much more. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance in Tonga," 26 Oct. 2018 In April, an Australian University evacuated its library fearing a gas leak that turned out to be the fumes of a rotting durian. Laignee Barron, Time, "Thailand to Send Smelly Durian Into Space Because Future Astronauts Should be Able to Enjoy Thai Food," 1 June 2018 But fans of the stinky fruit swear by the sweet-yet-savory taste of the durian's mushy pulp, which can be scooped out and eaten raw or used in a number of Southeast Asian recipes, especially in desserts. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Who boils the best crawfish in metro New Orleans? It's the last day to vote," 30 Apr. 2018 An ice cream made from durian, the infamously pungent fruit? Charles Passy, WSJ, "One Dish Too Far: Japanese Fermented Soybeans," 15 June 2018 As for the rotting durian left behind in a Melbourne university library cupboard, fire officials said Environment Protection Authority Victoria would handle its disposal. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Who boils the best crawfish in metro New Orleans? It's the last day to vote," 30 Apr. 2018 As for the rotting durian left behind in a Melbourne university library cupboard, fire officials said Environment Protection Authority Victoria would handle its disposal. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Who boils the best crawfish in metro New Orleans? It's the last day to vote," 30 Apr. 2018 But instead of poisonous vapors, the 40 firefighters and specialists called to the scene found a rotting durian fruit stashed in a cupboard, according to the Herald Sun. Laignee Barron, Time, "A Rotting Durian Fruit Prompted a Gas Leak Scare and Evacuations on a Melbourne College Campus," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of durian

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for durian

Malay

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