from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Malaysian evergreen tree (Garcinia mangostana) having thick leathery leaves and large edible berries.
  • n. The berry of this tree, having a hard rind and five to seven seeds with a sweet juicy aril.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tropical fruit of the tree Garcinia mangostana.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tree of the East Indies of the genus Garcinia (Garcinia Mangostana) with thick leathery leaves. The tree grows to the height of eighteen feet, and bears fruit also called mangosteen, of the size of a small apple, the pulp of which is very delicious food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The important tropical fruit-tree Garcinia Mangostana; also, its product. Occasionally written mangostine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. East Indian tree with thick leathery leaves and edible fruit
  • n. two- to three-inch tropical fruit with juicy flesh suggestive of both peaches and pineapples


Malay manggista, mangustan, variant of manggis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Malay mangustan, variant of manggis. (Wiktionary)



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  • Yumm.

    January 11, 2010

  • This fruit is purportedly the finest tasting of all the tropical fruits - must head to Miami or the islands to sample one myself someday.

    September 21, 2009

  • Yes, exactly. It's a sweaty leather-trousered name.

    November 22, 2007

  • The name conjures up images of Chris Kattan and Bruce Springsteen. *shiver*

    November 22, 2007

  • Yes, sounds too big to fit in your lunch-box, doesn't it?

    November 22, 2007

  • Exquisite. But it needs a better name.

    November 22, 2007

  • Heavenly.

    November 22, 2007