rambutan

noun
ram·​bu·​tan | \ram-ˈbü-tᵊn \

Definition of rambutan 

: a bright red spiny Malayan fruit closely related to the lychee also : a tree (Nephelium lappaceum) of the soapberry family that bears this fruit

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Kiwano and cherimoya and rambutan, oh my! The produce aisle has never been so overrun with funky, exotic and otherwise unusual fruit. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to your store’s funky fruits: What’s good, how to eat them," 13 June 2018 Each Flavor Finder will receive a $2,000 stipend to travel to their flavor destination of choice, whether that’s to China for rambutan, Buenos Aires for Rioja, Turkey for pistachios, or California for apricots. Melissa Locker, Time, "This Company Wants You to Travel the World as a Professional ‘Flavor Finder'," 4 Apr. 2018 Catalina opened her basket and saw the ingredients were a tower of doughnuts, rambutans (a tropical fruit covered in soft barbs that tastes like a lychee) and ricotta cheese Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "She made them doughnut ice cream. They gave her $10,000," 4 Oct. 2017 An indicative moment: audiences are asked to sit on the floor in a room and reflect on context-free statistics projected on the wall, then handed a snack of rambutan. Chicago Reader, "Arnie the Doughnut, Tangles and Plaques, and 11 more new stage shows to see," 25 Oct. 2017 Dessert, in keeping with tradition, consists solely of fresh fruit, and the $6 plate of jackfruit, rambutan and lychee makes a fine finale. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "HaiSous review: Vietnamese restaurant in Pilsen showcases owners' brilliance, resiliency," 28 July 2017 Those fruit could be everything from the melon-like dragonfruit flesh found under its scaly red and green peel, to the hairy rambutan, to the odiferous smell and sweet, custardy texture of the durian. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Cleveland's Asian food ambassadors, Andy and Jessie Ng, take you on a tour around the plate," 26 July 2017 And what about kohlrabi, cardoon, pomelos, rambutan or cherimoya? Kim Boatman, The Mercury News, "Home Plates: Two terrific slaws for summer," 29 Mar. 2017 Some offered complimentary tea tasting or a sample of rambutan, a tropical spiny red fruit. Brooke Baitinger, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Festival brings taste of the Caribbean to Pembroke Pines," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of rambutan

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rambutan

Malay

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