Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Artocarpus integrifolia, a native of the Indian archipelago. See Artocarpus and breadfruit. The fruit, called
jackfruit, is two to three times as large as the true breadfruit, weighing thirty or forty pounds, and is of much coarser quality. The wood, called jack-wood, is yellow or brown, compact, and moderately hard. It takes a good polish, is largely used for general carpentry in India, and is sent to Europe for use by cabinet-makers. Also jack, jak, jaca, and jak-tree, jaca-tree.
“The Sloth Bear is also partial to mangos, sugar-cane, and the pods of the _amaltas_ or _cassia_ (_Cathartocarpus fistula_), and the fruit of the jack-tree (_Artocarpus integrifolia_).”
“One was built on the topmost branch of a young jack-tree about 40 feet high.”
“But there is a tree in Ceylon, still more curious than the jack-tree.”
“I once saw a man come to the proprietor of a jack-tree,  embrace his feet, and in the most piteous manner implore his protection.”
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