From Malay durian, ultimately from Proto-Austronesian *duʀi (“thorn”). Doublet of iwi, from Māori.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʊə.ɹɪən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʊə.ɹi.ən/, /ˈdʊə.ɹiˌɑn/
durian (plural durians)
- Any of several trees, genus Durio, of Southeast Asia.
- The spiky edible fruit of this tree, known for its strong taste and very strong, unpleasant odor.
- 1692, Robert Boyle, General Heads for the Natural History of a Country Great or Small, London: John Taylor and S. Hedford