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[jak-froot] /ˈdʒækˌfrut/
a large, tropical, milky-juiced tree, Artocarpus heterophyllus, of the mulberry family, having stiff and glossy green leaves, cultivated for its very large, edible fruit and seeds.
the fruit of this tree, which may weigh up to 70 pounds (32 kg).
Also called jak, jack.
1810-20; jack2 + fruit Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for jackfruit


a tropical Asian moraceous tree, Artocarpus heterophyllus
the edible fruit of this tree, which resembles breadfruit and can weigh up to 27 kilograms (60 pounds)
Sometimes shortened to jack, jak
Word Origin
C19: from Portuguese jaca, from Malayalam cakka
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Encyclopedia Article for jackfruit

(species Artocarpus heterophyllus), tree native to tropical Asia and widely grown throughout the wetland tropics for its large fruits and durable wood. Like its relative the breadfruit, it belongs to the mulberry family (Moraceae). The jackfruit is 15 to 20 m (50 to 70 feet) tall at maturity, has large stiff, glossy green leaves 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) long, and fruit up to 60 cm (about 2 feet) long and weighing up to 18 kg (about 40 pounds)

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