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

  • n. A Malaysian evergreen timber tree (Artocarpus altilis) having large, round, yellowish, edible fruits.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evergreen tree, Artocarpus altilis, native to islands of the east Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean.
  • n. The large round fruit of this tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of a tree (Artocarpus incisa) found in the islands of the Pacific, esp. the South Sea islands. It is of a roundish form, from four to six or seven inches in diameter, and, when baked, somewhat resembles bread, and is eaten as food, whence the name.
  • n. The tree itself, which is one of considerable size, with large, lobed leaves. Cloth is made from the bark, and the timber is used for many purposes. Called also breadfruit tree and bread tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the tree Artocarpus incisa. See below.
  • n. A rubiaceous shrub of northern Australia, Gardenia edulis, bearing a small edible fruit.

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

  • n. native to Pacific islands and having edible fruit with a texture like bread
  • n. a large round seedless or seeded fruit with a texture like bread; eaten boiled or baked or roasted or ground into flour; the roasted seeds resemble chestnuts


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  • Heavenly stuff.

    December 12, 2007

  • Whenever I see this word, I remember the movie "Six Days, Seven Nights," in which someone (Harrison Ford or Anne Heche) said "I don't know, it isn't bread." And the other said, "...and it isn't fruit."

    Ah, screenwriting genius...

    December 12, 2007