from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An evergreen tree (Garcinia mangostana) of Southeast Asia, having thick leathery leaves and large edible fruit.
  • noun The fruit of this tree, having a hard purple rind containing several white juicy segments.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tropical fruit of the tree Garcinia mangostana.

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

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


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

[Malay manggista, mangustan, variant of manggis.]

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Malay mangustan, variant of manggis.


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  • Heavenly.

    November 22, 2007

  • Exquisite. But it needs a better name.

    November 22, 2007

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

    November 22, 2007

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

    November 22, 2007

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

    November 22, 2007

  • 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

  • Yumm.

    January 11, 2010