from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; its flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe.

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  • noun Variant form of akee.

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  • noun red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe


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  • " "Mmm," said Ryan, who was happily shoveling a plate of ackee and saltfish into his mouth on the other side of the tiny kitchen table."

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