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ak·eealso ac·kee (ăk′ē, ə-kē′)
1. A tropical western African evergreen tree (Blighia sapida) having leathery red-and-yellow fruits. It is naturalized and cultivated in the tropics and in Florida.
2. The edible, fleshy, ripe aril of this tree, especially popular as a food in Jamaica. The seeds and unripe arils are poisonous.
[Possibly Kru akee or Akan (Twi) aŋkyẽ, wild cashew.]
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a tropical tree, Blighia sapida, of the soapberry family, cultivated for the edible aril of its seeds.
[1785–95; allegedly < Kru (language or language group of E Liberia)]
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|Noun||1.||akee - widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions for its fragrant flowers and colorful fruits; introduced in Jamaica by William Bligh|
ackee, akee - red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe
fruit tree - tree bearing edible fruit
|2.||akee - red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe|
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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