ackee
also akee noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1794 the fruit of an African tree (Blighia sapida) of the soapberry family grown in the Caribbean area, Florida, and Hawaii for its white or yellowish fleshy aril that is edible when ripe but is poisonous when immature or overripe and that has a toxic pink raphe attaching the aril to the seed; also the tree

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ackee — n. 1. 1 red pear shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; its flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe. Syn: akee [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ackee — or akee [ak′ē, a kē′] n. [< ?] 1. a W African tree (Blighia sapida) of the soapberry family, widely grown in the tropics 2. its fruit, poisonous if not ripe, and containing large, black seeds with fleshy, white arils 3. a dish made by cooking… …   English World dictionary

  • Ackee — taxobox name = Ackee image caption = Ackee fruit regnum = Plantae unranked divisio = Angiosperms unranked classis = Eudicots unranked ordo = Rosids ordo = Sapindales familia = Sapindaceae genus = Blighia species = B. sapida binomial = Blighia… …   Wikipedia

  • ackee — UK [ˈækɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms ackee : singular ackee plural ackees a red fruit from West Africa and the Caribbean that is eaten as a vegetable and grows on an ackee tree. It is poisonous until it is ripe (= has grown to… …   English dictionary

  • ackee — I Jamaican Slang Glossary African fruit introduced in Jamaica in 17 ; is Jamaicas national fruit and is the second main ingredient of Jamaica’s national dish combination, ackee and saltfish. II Rasta Dictionary n African food tree introduced… …   English dialects glossary

  • ackee — n. evergreen tree native to tropical western Africa (grown in the Caribbean region, Florida and Hawaii); red fruit of the ackee tree shaped like a pear with poisonous seeds and which flesh is edible only when ripe (toxic when unripe or overripe) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ackee — [ aki] (also akee) noun 1》 a tropical West African tree which is cultivated for its fruit. [Blighia sapida.] 2》 the fruit of the ackee, which is poisonous until fully ripe. Origin C18: from Kru ākee …   English new terms dictionary

  • ackee — kriaušinė bligija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Sapindinių šeimos vaisinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Blighia sapida), paplitęs Afrikoje. Naudojamas gėrimams gaminti. atitikmenys: lot. Blighia sapida; Cupania sapida angl. ackee; akee;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • ackee — /euh kee /, n. akee. * * * …   Universalium

  • ackee — noun Variant form of akee …   Wiktionary

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