bread·​fruit | \ ˈbred-ˌfrüt How to pronounce breadfruit (audio) \

Definition of breadfruit

: a round starchy usually seedless fruit that resembles bread in color and texture when baked also : a tall tropical evergreen tree (Artocarpus altilis) of the mulberry family that bears this fruit

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Examples of breadfruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jackfruit is a plant, related to both figs and breadfruit. Amy Drew Thompson,, 25 May 2021 Forests and farms were wiped out, with coconut, breadfruit, mango and soursop trees destroyed, as well as plantain and banana crops. Fox News, 12 Apr. 2021 Forests and farms were wiped out, with coconut, breadfruit, mango and soursop trees destroyed, as well as plantain and banana crops. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2021 The bar, which opened last year, is a veritable dreamscape, graced by floor-to-ceiling murals featuring gargantuan breadfruit trees and tropical birds the size of concert grand pianos. John Wray, Travel + Leisure, 8 Mar. 2021 Indeed, plants have been prized on the islands since the first millennium A.D., when the ancient Polynesians arrived by canoe, bringing with them life-sustaining crops such as taro, breadfruit and sweet potato. New York Times, 11 Dec. 2020 Vendors set up shop with plenty of prepared foods for people looking for a little Saturday morning snack, including spicy Indian-style dal, breadfruit sourdough loaves, and vegan banana lassi made from macadamia nut yogurt. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, 1 July 2020 Like many Caribbean stews, this one is hearty and filling, but the inclusion of fish, spicy plantains, breadfruit, and coconut dumplings lends the popular fare a unique, addictive flavor. Emma Sloley, Southern Living, 8 June 2020 In Egypt, her slippers are red leather, while in the West Indies, breadfruit, not a pumpkin, is the transformative object. National Geographic, 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of breadfruit

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breadfruit was in 1697

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3 Jun 2021

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“Breadfruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of breadfruit

: a round fruit that resembles bread when it is baked

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