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.
The red or yellow, spiny, egg-shaped, edible fruit of a Malayan tree (Nephelium lappaceum) of the soapberry family.
Origin of rambutan
- Malay from rambut hair (from its hairy covering)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Malay rambutan, English usage first attested 1707.