One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An oval spiny tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp. Despite its fetid smell, it is highly esteemed for its flavor.
- ‘Tropical fruits grow in abundance, and a local favorite is the durian, known by its spiked shell and fermented flesh whose pungent aroma and taste often separates locals from foreigners.’
- ‘The Jamaican may retain his farinaceous banana and the Malay his durian, but for us, it's the apple.’
- ‘For instance, the smell of durians is fragrant for people in some cultures but repellant for those in others.’
- ‘Well the durians are the king of tropical fruits, and it's the most widely traded tropical fruit in South East Asia.’
- ‘Even Indonesians acknowledge that prolonged exposure to the smell may have negative effects, and as a result, the carriage of durians on public transport is forbidden.’
- ‘Many foods and drinks can cause malodour, especially garlic, onions, curries, the fruit durian, etc.’
- ‘Strawberry, durian, mocha, chocolate, vanilla, rum raisin and nougat are on the menu.’
- ‘Dad's been spoiling me with expensive durians.’
- ‘Other organic products that gained popularity include bananas, durians, corn and other vegetables used for salad.’
- ‘As an agricultural country, Thailand is a land of fruits, such as rambutan, loongen, lichee and durian.’
- ‘The Thai fruits which are most popular include durians, mangosteens, rambutans, and longans.’
- ‘Another suggestion was made to have products such as fried durian, Thai fruit juice, and hand-woven items on display in hotels where guests can purchase them as souvenirs.’
- ‘The only downer was that the durian we bought was an utter disappointment - durian smells bad, sure, but it shouldn't taste like a combination of joggers' socks and onions.’
- ‘The evening concluded with the ritual massacre of a durian, a Thai fruit which looks like a bagpipe.’
- ‘Westerners find the smell of durians too strong.’
- ‘To eliminate the strong smell of durian, the peeled durian is placed in a plastic box.’
- ‘If we're lucky, we can buy big and tasty durians.’
- ‘He fumbles the last fruit - the durian - and it slips from his hands and splatters at Colin's feet.’
- ‘Villagers in Muslim-dominated Seith on the western tip of Ambon island watched in bemusement as their main guest, a Christian traditional leader, enjoyed durian with the other guests on one rainy January day.’
- ‘We take a sightseeing boat trip around the bay and get a glimpse of the smart new opera house which looks exactly like two durians - a very distinctive local fruit that tastes great but has a repellant smell.’
2The large tree that bears the durian fruit, native to Malaysia.
Durio zibethinus, family Bombacaceae
- ‘Many famous raw foodists don't have any qualms about eating lots of foods that are grown on the other side of our planet (one famous raw foodist calls himself the Durian King, though he lives in New York and durians are grown in Malaysia).’
- ‘Kebayoran Baru was just a large plantation mostly with rambutan and durian trees, just like other suburbs here.’
- ‘‘But now I can grow trees like banana, durian, avocado and jackfruit to fulfill my own needs and patchouli that can be sold to businessmen for the cosmetics industry,’ he added.’
Late 16th century: from Malay durian, from duri ‘thorn’.
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