Definition of akee in English:


Syllabification: a·kee
Pronunciation: /aˈkē, ˈakē
(also ackee)


  • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


late 18th century: from Kru ākee.

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