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du·ri·an

 (do͝or′ē-ən, -än′, dyo͝or′-)
n.
1. A tree (Durio zibethinus) of Southeast Asia, bearing edible fruit.
2. The fruit of this plant, having a hard prickly rind and soft pulp with a strong odor.

[Malay, from duri, thorn.]

durian

(ˈdjʊərɪən) or

durion

n
1. (Plants) a SE Asian bombacaceous tree, Durio zibethinus, having very large oval fruits with a hard spiny rind containing seeds surrounded by edible evil-smelling aril
2. (Cookery) the fruit of this tree, which has an offensive smell but a pleasant taste: supposedly an aphrodisiac
[C16: from Malay, from duri thorn]

du•ri•an

(ˈdʊər i ən)

n.
1. the edible fruit of a SE Asian tree, Durio zibethinus, of the bombax family, having a prickly rind and nasty-smelling flesh.
2. the tree itself.
[1580–90; < Malay]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.durian - tree of southeastern Asia having edible oval fruit with a hard spiny rinddurian - tree of southeastern Asia having edible oval fruit with a hard spiny rind
durian - huge fruit native to southeastern Asia `smelling like Hell and tasting like Heaven'; seeds are roasted and eaten like nuts
Durio, genus Durio - a genus of tall Asian trees of the family Bombacaceae
fruit tree - tree bearing edible fruit
2.durian - huge fruit native to southeastern Asia `smelling like Hell and tasting like Heaven'; seeds are roasted and eaten like nuts
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
durian, durian tree, Durio zibethinus, durion - tree of southeastern Asia having edible oval fruit with a hard spiny rind
Translations
durian
durian-ávöxtur
ドリアン
durian

durian

(ˈduːriən) noun
a large green fruit with a hard, prickly rind and seeds covered with cream-coloured pulp.
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Perhaps more importantly, his researches gave him the insight to formulate the durian theory of plant evolution: the evolution that occurred in two stages, the first experimental, with all sorts of seed, fruit and flowers, the second the building on these successes to produce the abundance and variety of today's tropical rain-forests.
It was as a result of his work chiefly on the durian theory that he was elected an FRS.