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

Examples of breadfruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The food depicted on the table includes African rice, breadfruit, catfish, chicken, cocoa, custard apple and soursop. Margherita Bassi, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Tobago's exotic produce is the foundation of specialties found everywhere, like hearty coconut bake, fragrant crab and dumplings, and comforting breadfruit and stewed dasheen. Dominic Kocur, theweek, 22 Jan. 2024 How about Brazilian pizza, breadfruit or buckwheat? Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 3 Jan. 2024 Today, the estate is flourishing, with almost four acres of plantains, breadfruit, coffee, cacao, grapefruit, avocado, and chayote squash, plus flocks of chickens and ducks. Kathleen Squires, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 The volunteers working to save Lahaina’s breadfruit have dug down to extract viable root matter. Ed Komenda and Audrey McAvoy, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Oct. 2023 The tree produces the breadfruit, ‘ulu, a popular island nutrient. Kara Nelson, CNN, 24 Sep. 2023 An ingenious tapas menu by James Beard Award-nominee Maria Grubb features dishes such as a breadfruit tortilla Española; chicken liver mousse on cassava toast; and sharable snack boards of fine conservas. Kathleen Squires, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Apr. 2022 Traditional varieties and knowledge about breadfruit was at risk. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breadfruit was in 1697

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“Breadfruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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bread·​fruit -ˌfrüt How to pronounce breadfruit (audio)
: a round usually seedless fruit that resembles bread in color and texture when baked
also : a tall tropical tree that is related to the mulberries and bears this fruit

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