Definition of breadfruit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbredˌfro͞ot/


1The large, round, starchy fruit of a tropical tree, which is used as a vegetable and sometimes to make a substitute for flour.
Example sentences
  • These animals have fed only on the finest tropical fruits (mangoes and breadfruit are their favourites).
  • Stories of Marco Polo and lasagna made with flour ground from breadfruit have found their way into the quest for lasagna's origin.
  • Native-grown breadfruit, mango, soursop, pawpaw, and cashews are regarded by some locals as less desirable food.
2 (also breadfruit tree) The large evergreen tree that bears the breadfruit, which is widely cultivated on the islands of the Pacific and the Caribbean.
  • Artocarpus altilis, family Moraceae.
Example sentences
  • The well-known breadfruit tree brought to the island by Captain Bligh in 1793 was first planted here, and its descendants are still to be found in the gardens.
  • The breadfruit tree at my home is bearing like there is no tomorrow.
  • So this person called in to say that a breadfruit tree in their area north of the island had fallen down due to the strong winds.

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Syllabification: bread·fruit

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