One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tropical fruit with sweet juicy white segments of flesh inside a thick reddish-brown rind.
- ‘All that money I save by not buying mangosteens will go to my travel fund.’
- ‘Their divergent missions translate to two entirely different policies on the import of mangosteens.’
- ‘Prepare one dried persimmon, one mangosteen and one seed of bout-fruited steculia.’
- ‘This has led some hotels in South East Asia to ban mangosteens from their premises.’
- ‘The Thai fruits which are most popular include durians, mangosteens, rambutans, and longans.’
- ‘The durian, mango, rambutan, mangosteen, pineapple and other fruits are displayed in the market along with a large selection of seafood.’
- ‘The flavour of the usual mangosteen would be overwhelmed by this treatment.’
- ‘Another sign of overripe mangosteens is a powdery yellow appearance on both skin and stem.’
- ‘The fruit is now being grown on farms in Puerto Rico, and mangosteens are slowly arriving on the mainland.’
2The slow-growing Malaysian tree which bears the mangosteen.
- ‘I was particularly struck by the tentacle-like roots of the waterberry, the arms of the baobab and the leaves of the mangosteen.’
Late 16th century: from Malay manggustan, dialect variant of manggis.
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