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  1. a large, tropical, milky-juiced tree, Artocarpus heterophyllus, of the mulberry family, having stiff and glossy green leaves, cultivated for its very large, edible fruit and seeds.
  2. the fruit of this tree, which may weigh up to 70 pounds (32 kg).
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Origin of jackfruit

First recorded in 1810–20; jack3 + fruit
Also called jak, jack.
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Examples from the Web for jackfruit

Historical Examples

  • A rear garden was pleasant with jackfruit, mango, and plantain trees.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • For dessert, mangoes or oranges with rice pudding, or jackfruit juice.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Ang nangkà nakabungìngì na sa kahinug, The jackfruit broke open when it got overripe.

  • Mas lamì kan-un ang nangkà kun malutung na, Jackfruit is most delicious to eat when it is very ripe.

  • Pirasúhun ang nangkà arun ibaligyà, Cut the jackfruit into pieces to sell it.

British Dictionary definitions for jackfruit



  1. a tropical Asian moraceous tree, Artocarpus heterophyllus
  2. the edible fruit of this tree, which resembles breadfruit and can weigh up to 27 kilograms (60 pounds)
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Sometimes shortened to: jack, jak

Word Origin

C19: from Portuguese jaca, from Malayalam cakka
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