breadfruit

noun
bread·​fruit | \ˈbred-ˌfrüt \

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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Tulasi shows me where neem and breadfruit trees once divided her land from the road, their disappearance depriving her crops of shade. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "The Young Farmers Behind Puerto Rico’s Food Revolution," 20 June 2018 For those who like to eat local, make time on the way back for a stop at Jemma’s Seaview Treehouse Kitchen for broiled lobsters and a wedge of mac ‘n' cheese layered with slices of breadfruit. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 Joseph said Irma had felled banana trees, thrown breadfruit and avocados to the ground and swallowed homes along the coast. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Irma mostly spared Haiti. But for struggling farmers, the damages are devastating," 9 Sep. 2017 Other than the fruit trees dotting the property — supplying all the banana, papaya, breadfruit, and lychee the Evslins could want — little else has taken root. Longreads, "Hard Lessons in Living Off the Grid," 8 Aug. 2017 Before the storm shredded her coconut and breadfruit trees, Marie-Lucienne Duvert eked out a living selling wholesale to street merchants in Port-au-Prince. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "After Hurricane Matthew, many victims in Haiti feel abandoned," 14 July 2017 Before Hurricane Matthew, Marie-Lucienne Duvert lived off the land, selling coconuts and breadfruit by the dozen to merchants in Port-au-Prince. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Congressional Black Caucus asks feds to show “compassion” for Haitians in U.S.," 2 May 2017 The winding trail to the waterfalls brings hikers through an agricultural landscape of clove, avocado, breadfruit and nutmeg trees, and past islanders tending crops and lazy dogs sunning themselves in the dust of the trail. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Spectacular waterfall hikes in Grenada," 1 May 2017 Their wives and children stay behind on the island, an oval nub of silver sand rising out of the ocean with a clump of coconut and breadfruit trees in the center. Hassan Moosa And Geeta Anand, New York Times, "Inhabitants of Maldives Atoll Fear a Flood of Saudi Money," 26 Mar. 2017

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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breadfruit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breadfruit

: a round fruit that resembles bread when it is baked

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