ram·​bu·​tan | \ ram-ˈbü-tᵊn How to pronounce rambutan (audio) \

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

Examples of rambutan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And then in the next shopping center down, the tiny Winglee market is a hidden gem for Southeast Asian fruits such as rambutan and green mango. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2021 Ackee — a member of the soapberry family, along with fruits like lychee, rambutan and longan — can be toxic when underripe or improperly handled, so canned product from approved producers is the only (legal) way to try it in the States. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 24 Feb. 2020 Now, there are two large Berkeley Bowl locations that have become renowned for their diverse and affordable selections of fresh vegetables and fruit, such as spindly Buddha’s hand, fuzzy red rambutan, aromatic epazote leaves and long burdock roots. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 20 Feb. 2020 Sheila and Ryan O’Leary told investigators that the vegan family only eats fruit, vegetables and raw foods, such as mangoes, rambutans, bananas and avocados, according to the News-Press. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019 Follow local farmers into the plantation where cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper trees grow, and sample tropical fruits like custard apple, star fruit, and rambutan. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 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, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 2017

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1707, in the meaning defined above

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“Rambutan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rambutan. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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