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

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 — see also mexican breadfruit

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Examples of breadfruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These crispy crackers are made with breadfruit, a naturally gluten-free crop that helps enrich soil, along with turmeric and organic sesame and chia. Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 In Samoa, crewmembers traveled to the grave of Robert Louis Stevenson and collected specimens, and the captain spent time in a village with new and old friends from previous visits, enjoying roast pig, taro, breadfruit and fresh pineapple. Kimberly Bowker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Grandpa pointed outside—to the trees, heavy with breadfruit and papayas and bananas, and to the nearby river, which abounded with shrimp. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2022 Other murals show the produce of the island — ackee, soursop, sweetsop, breadfruit, sorrel — and another translates Jamaican vernacular into English. Susan Dunne,, 28 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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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23 Aug 2022

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“Breadfruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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