[ bred-froot ]

  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.

Origin of breadfruit

First recorded in 1690–1700; bread + fruit

Words Nearby breadfruit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use breadfruit in a sentence

  • On arriving at the landing-place I saw a large quantity of breadfruit with some hogs ready dressed and a quantity of cloth.

  • In this division they keep a small interval called Tawa in which they do not use the breadfruit.

British Dictionary definitions for breadfruit


/ (ˈbrɛdˌfruːt) /

nounplural -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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