man·​go·​steen ˈmaŋ-gə-ˌstēn How to pronounce mangosteen (audio)
: a dark reddish-purple fruit of southeastern Asia with a thick rind and juicy flesh having a flavor suggestive of both peach and pineapple
also : a tree (Garcinia mangostana) of the Saint-John's-wort family that bears mangosteens

Examples of mangosteen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As well as new Dole Smoothie Bowls™ with exotic fruits like mango and mangosteen, and strawberry and aronia, plus the relaunch of Dole® Acai Bowls. Mark Heim |, al, 8 Mar. 2023 Made from Australian pink clay, witch hazel, kelp, Kakadu plum, mangosteen, and pomegranate, this mask goes onto the skin to visibly brighten and tighten pores. Casey Clark, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2023 The mangosteen doesn’t fall far from the tree. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 10 July 2020 Though its origins are largely unknown, the mangosteen is a fruit derived from an evergreen tree commonly found today in tropical regions bordering the Indian Ocean. Nina Derwin, Redbook, 9 Feb. 2023 The pest, a species of leaf beetle, was inside a shipment of mangosteen from Mexico. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 10 May 2022 This easy gift lets travelers scoop up all the mangosteens and elephant pants their heart desires—without wasting a plastic bag each time. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 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, 1 Dec. 2019 The juice of organic mangosteens—a vitamin-rich fruit from South-East Asia, similar to lychees—can sell for an exorbitant $35 or more a litre, more than ten times the price of organic orange juice, on the promise to reduce pain and boost energy. The Economist, 1 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


modification of Malay manggisutan

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mangosteen was in 1598

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“Mangosteen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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