Adjective "durian" definition and examples

(Durian may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A spiny oval tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp. Despite its fetid smell it is highly valued for its flavour.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Westerners find the smell of durians too strong.'
  3. 'Other organic products that gained popularity include bananas, durians, corn and other vegetables used for salad.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'For instance, the smell of durians is fragrant for people in some cultures but repellant for those in others.'
  7. 'Many foods and drinks can cause malodour, especially garlic, onions, curries, the fruit durian, etc.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'The Jamaican may retain his farinaceous banana and the Malay his durian, but for us, it's the apple.'
  10. 'If we're lucky, we can buy big and tasty durians.'
The large tree that bears the durian, native to Malaysia.
  1. '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).'

More definitions

1. the edible fruit of a tree, Durio zibethinus, of the bombax family, of southeastern Asia, having a hard, prickly rind, a highly flavored, pulpy flesh, and an unpleasant odor.

2. the tree itself.

More examples(as adjective)

"seasons can be durian."

"fruits can be durian."

"finishes can be durian."


Late 16th century: from Malay durian, from duri ‘thorn’.