Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tropical Asian tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) having large edible fruits, unisexual flowers, and fine-grained durable wood.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tree, scientific name Artocarpus heterophyllus, of the Moraceae family, which produces edible fruit.
  • n. The large fruit from this tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the jack-tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. East Indian tree cultivated for its immense edible fruit and seeds
  • n. immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted

Etymologies

Portuguese jaca (from Malayalam cakkai) + fruit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese jaca ("jackfruit"), from Malayalam ചക്ക (chakka). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the earliest descriptions of the jackfruit is to be found in the 16th century memoirs of the Mughal Emperor Babar, who was not much enamored of it:

    November 13th, 2007

  • 'The jackfruit is ugly and to some people is bad tasting.

    November 13th, 2007

  • Here, canned jackfruit is cooked into a quick and easy Green Jackfruit Curry by Sheela of Delectable Victuals.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • The ripe jackfruit is good to eat; although with its distinct aroma, it is something of an acquired taste.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • The jackfruit is a fairly rapid grower, reaching 58 ft (17.5 m) in height and 28 in (70 cm) around the trunk in 20 years in Ceylon.

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • Besides mulberry trees, the farm boasts a variety of fruit trees such as jackfruit, banana, papaya, starfruit, lime and others.

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  • This book looks great - trying to find relatively common fruits such as jackfruit or breadfruit fresh is tough enough.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • He said the KVK laid thrust on income generation from locally available fruits such as jackfruit, fig, papaya, mango, etc., by utilising refined technologies.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • "The main commercial crop in the area is jackfruit, which is also the favourite food of thebears.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • Environmentalists also fear that the radioactive waste generated in the nuclear plant could permeate the alluvial soil, stunting the local mango, cashew, rice and jackfruit plantations.

    India's Field Of Nuclear Fissures

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  • Mmmm, jackfruit!

    May 24, 2011

  • bilby: dried jackfruit here!
    (I've never tasted it fresh or canned, just dried.)

    May 24, 2011