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  1. a large, round, starchy fruit borne by a tree, Artocarpus altilis, of the mulberry family, native to the Pacific islands, used, baked or roasted, for food.
  2. the tree bearing this fruit.
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Origin of breadfruit

First recorded in 1690–1700; bread + fruit
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Examples from the Web for breadfruit

Historical Examples

  • Serena and the baby are in the breadfruit grove behind the village.

    John Frewen, South Sea Whaler

    Louis Becke

  • In the mornin', fellow, in the mornin', justice shall be done while the breadfruit falls.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • Where were the hundred groves of the breadfruit tree he saw?

  • "I don't see any cocoanut palms or breadfruit trees," he said.

    Good References

    E. J. Rath

  • Two were in breadfruit trees about twenty feet above the ground.

British Dictionary definitions for breadfruit


noun plural -fruits or -fruit
  1. a moraceous tree, Artocarpus communis (or A. altilis), of the Pacific Islands, having large round edible starchy usually seedless, fruit
  2. the fruit of this tree, which is eaten baked or roasted and has a texture like bread
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