jack·​fruit ˈjak-ˌfrüt How to pronounce jackfruit (audio)
: a large tropical Asian tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) related to the breadfruit that yields a fine-grained yellow wood and immense fruits which contain an edible pulp and nutritious seeds
also : its fruit

Examples of jackfruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Planted with thousands of native copaiba trees and exotic jackfruits, those blighted hills would eventually become the Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world. Michael Snyder Pedro Kok, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Barbecue jackfruit sandwiches with dressed cabbage and plenty of sauciness are next-level good. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 Paw Paws, sapote, and goji made appearances along with recognizable mango, jackfruit, and papaya. Sunset Magazine, 27 Sep. 2023 With its hundreds of volunteers around the globe, the nonprofit spearheaded by celebrity chef José Andrés pops up to feed those devastated by natural disaster, war or pandemic with gargantuan paella pans, vats of chili, pots of jackfruit stew and hundreds of tacos and ham sandwiches. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Until the past few years, jackfruit was not on our American radar. Brierley Horton, Ms, Rd, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Sep. 2023 As jackfruit ripens, the flesh softens, darkens, and sweetens. Brierley Horton, Ms, Rd, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Sep. 2023 On its vegan menu, El Rincón offers vegan cochinita pibil, made with shredded jackfruit; vegan tinga, prepared with carrots; vegan chorizo, made with chickpeas; or chicharron de coco, which is cooked coconut slices in salsa verde. Imelda García, Dallas News, 17 Aug. 2023 The sprawling menu has a vague Caribbean bent, with jackfruit tacos dressed in jicama slaw and jerk burgers with fries, but the real gold is anything that lets all that great Gulf seafood shine. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Portuguese jaca jackfruit, from Malayalam cakka

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jackfruit was in 1681

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“Jackfruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jackfruit. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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