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ackee or akee (ˈækiː)
1.  a.  a sapindaceous tree, Blighia sapida, native to tropical Africa and cultivated in the Caribbean for its fruit, edible when cooked
 b.  the red pear-shaped fruit of this tree
2.  a sapindaceous tree, Melicoccus bijugatus, that grows on some Caribbean islands and is valued for its timber and edible fruit
3.  the green tough-skinned berry of this tree
[C18: of African origin]
akee or akee
[C18: of African origin]

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(Blighia sapida), tree of the soapberry family native to West Africa, widely cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions for its edible fruit. The tree grows about 9 metres (30 feet) tall and bears pinnate leaves and fragrant white flowers. Brought to the Caribbean area with slaves from Africa, the akee tree was introduced to science by William Bligh, famous as captain of the ill-fated "Bounty," hence its botanical name.

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Example sentences
The ackee is served sauteed and mixed with salty cod, with a bit of onion and tomato.
Profound hypoglycemia, vomiting, convulsions from ingestion of unripe ackee fruit.
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