American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical western African evergreen tree (Blighia sapida) having leathery red and yellow fruits. It is naturalized and cultivated in the tropics and in Florida.
- n. The edible, fleshy, ripe aril of this tree, especially popular as a food in Jamaica. The seeds and unripe arils are poisonous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Cupania (Blighia) sapida, natural order Sapindaceæ, a native of Guinea, whence it was carried by Captain Bligh to Jamaica in 1793, and thence disseminated over the West Indies and South America. It is a small tree, with ash like leaves and a fleshy fruit containing several large jet-black seeds partly embedded in a white spongy aril. This aril when cooked becomes somewhat like custard, and is highly esteemed.
- n. A tropical evergreen tree, Blighia sapida, related to the lychee and longan.
- n. The fruit of the ackee, of which only the arils are edible, the remainder being poisonous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a tree (Blighia sapida) widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions for its fragrant flowers and colorful fruits; introduced in Jamaica by Captain Bligh of the HMS Bounty.
- n. red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; the flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe.
- n. red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe
- n. widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions for its fragrant flowers and colorful fruits; introduced in Jamaica by William Bligh
- Possibly Kru akee or Akan (Twi) aŋkyẽ, wild cashew. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The gallery forests are dominated by Cynometra vogelii; the patches of dense dry forest by Isoberlinia doka, Anogeissus leiocarpus, Cola cordifolia, Antiaris africana, which is nationally threatened, Chlorophora excelsa (VU), and the edible akee Blighia unijugata.”
“Here's what I can remember: akee & saltfish, breadfruit, yams cooked over an open fire, boiled bananas & dumplings, porridge, jerk chicken, pork & sausage, festivals & my all-time favorite "patties" with coco bread.”
“Tenoo oasht emmok o piekhristos nem pekyot en aghathos nem pi epnevma ethowab je akee ak soati emmon nai nan”
“Star fruit, dragon fruit, something else like a cross between an akee and a lychee:”
“I also had the privilidge of seeing Linstead Market twice, and also hearing the song performed in the correct time in which it was written, and experiencing the dissapointment of a woman (hawker) who did not sell any akee all day (Saturday) to buy foor for a children for the next week.”
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