- the red or yellow, spiny, egg-shaped, edible fruit of a Malayan tree (Nephelium lappaceum) of the soapberry family
- the tree
Origin of rambutanMalay, name of the fruit, literally , hairy from rambut, hair
- A tree (Nephelium lappaceum) of Southeast Asia, bearing edible oval red fruit with soft spines.
- The fruit of this tree, having juicy white flesh surrounding a single seed.
Origin of rambutanMalay from rambut hair (from its hairy covering)
From Malay rambutan, English usage first attested 1707.