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 (ăk′ē, ə-kē′)
Variant of akee.
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(ˈækiː) or


1. (Plants)
a. a sapindaceous tree, Blighia sapida, native to tropical Africa and cultivated in the Caribbean for its fruit, edible when cooked
b. the red pear-shaped fruit of this tree
2. (Plants) a sapindaceous tree, Melicoccus bijugatus, that grows on some Caribbean islands and is valued for its timber and edible fruit
3. (Cookery) the green tough-skinned berry of this tree
[C18: of African origin]
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Noun1.ackee - red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seedsackee - 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
akee, akee tree, Blighia sapida - widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions for its fragrant flowers and colorful fruits; introduced in Jamaica by William Bligh
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Add the chilli, tomatoes, flaked fish and lightly fold in the akees. Heat gently for eight to ten minutes and season with freshly-ground black pepper.
And Ainsley's mum always seemed to be at the cooker, stirring up huge pans of jerk chicken, curried meat or akee and saltfish for the hordes who knew Peppy could be relied on for a good meal.
"It's a wonderfully delicate, but filling, concoction of fish and vegetables, including the unusual, grape-sized akee, a vegetable which has an unusual creamy taste reminiscent of scrambled egg.