rambutan \ram*bu"tan\ (răm*b&oomac;"tăn), n. [malay rambūtan, fr. rambut hair of the head.] (bot.) a malayan fruit produced by the tree nephelium lappaceum, and closely related to the litchi nut. it is bright red, oval in shape, covered with coarse hairs (whence the name), and contains a pleasant acid pulp. called also ramboostan. rambutan n 1. malayan tree bearing spiny red fruit [syn: rambotan, rambutan tree , nephelium lappaceum]
2. pleasantly acid bright red oval malayan fruit covered with soft spines [syn: rambotan]
The rambutan (; taxonomic name: Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae. The name also refers to the fruit produced by this tree. The rambutan is native to Malay-Indonesian region, and other regions of tropical Southeast Asia. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the lychee, longan, and mamoncillo.
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English to English translation of Rambutan
A Malayan fruit produced by the tree Nephelium lappaceum, and closely related to the litchi nut. It is bright red, oval in shape, covered with coarse hairs (whence the name), and contains a pleasant acid pulp. Called also ramboostan.