Definition of akee in English:

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akee

Pronunciation: /aˈkē/ /ˈakē/
(also ackee)

noun

1A tropical tree that is cultivated for its fruit. Native to West Africa, it has been introduced into the West Indies and elsewhere.
  • Blighia sapida, family Sapindaceae.
Example sentences
  • Using flashlights to look outside, it seems as if part of the ackee tree has fallen down.
  • Fond d' Or is a lush green wooded area with coconut trees, mangrove wetlands, wild sea grapes and ackee, known locally as zecak.
1.1The fruit of the akee, widely eaten as a vegetable, but which can be poisonous unless cooked.
Example sentences
  • A Sunday brunch/feast of sausage & beans, ackee & saltfish and garlic crabs was put on and they had me licking my fingers and dying for more.
  • The national dish in Jamaica is ackee and saltfish, but curried goat and rice, and fried fish and barnrny (a flat, baked cassava bread) are just as popular and delicious.
  • You can also get your saltfish with ackee, a combo referred to as Jamaica's national dish.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Kru ākee.

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Syllabification: a·kee

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