Definition of breadfruit in English:


Line breaks: bread|fruit
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛdfruːt


  • 1The large round starchy fruit of a tropical tree, which is used as a vegetable and sometimes to make a substitute for flour.
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    • 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 which bears breadfruit, which is widely cultivated on the islands of the Pacific and the Caribbean.
    • Artocarpus altilis, family Moraceae
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    • 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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