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- n. A toxic organic compound related to lycine, found in Blighia sapida and responsible for Jamaican vomiting sickness.
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The red-skinned fruit with golden flesh produces a compound known as hypoglycin that can reach dangerous levels when it is picked too early and is not ripe.
Ackee, the national fruit of Jamaica, is tricky: when underripe, it contains hypoglycin, a violent purgative that can make you vomit until you die.