• WordNet 3.6
    • n breadfruit a large round seedless or seeded fruit with a texture like bread; eaten boiled or baked or roasted or ground into flour; the roasted seeds resemble chestnuts
    • n breadfruit native to Pacific islands and having edible fruit with a texture like bread
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leaves of the Sumatra breadfruit tree are notched when they first form, yet have no indentations when the leaves mature.
    • Breadfruit The fruit of a tree (Artocarpus incisa) found in the islands of the Pacific, esp. the South Sea islands. It is of a roundish form, from four to six or seven inches in diameter, and, when baked, somewhat resembles bread, and is eaten as food, whence the name.
    • Breadfruit (Bot) The tree itself, which is one of considerable size, with large, lobed leaves. Cloth is made from the bark, and the timber is used for many purposes. Called also breadfruit tree and bread tree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breadfruit The fruit of the tree Artocarpus incisa. See below.
    • n breadfruit A rubiaceous shrub of northern Australia, Gardenia edulis, bearing a small edible fruit.
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In literature:

So he went himself and climbed the breadfruit tree.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
Among other trees were guavas, bananas, mangoes, breadfruit palms, and two or three fern-trees.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mainmast also roasted some breadfruit.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
I can see the palms and the breadfruit, as well as the next man.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
They do not pay us for our yams, and taro, and breadfruit.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Men and women, both, cut plantains and bananas and breadfruit, and scratched gardens with crooked sticks.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
This meal consisted of a baked breadfruit and a can of water.
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
Serena and the baby are in the breadfruit grove behind the village.
"John Frewen, South Sea Whaler" by Louis Becke
Cocoa-nuts, palm-trees, breadfruit-trees, yams, and sugar-canes are most plentiful there.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
He landed on the principal of these islands, which he found to be one huge garden of cocoa palms and breadfruit-trees.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
As they were so near Tofoa they determined to put in there for a supply of breadfruit and water, so that they might keep their other provisions.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
The road is at this point broad and fairly good, running between thick groves of cocoa-palm and breadfruit.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The cocoa-nut and breadfruit tapu works more swiftly.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The girl climbed a breadfruit tree.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
A few days after the discovery of the breadfruit, they made a lengthy excursion along the southern shore.
"The Girl Crusoes" by Mrs. Herbert Strang
You have taro and bananas, and breadfruit and coco-nuts.
"White Fire" by John Oxenham
They were cultivating rice, maize, breadfruit, and had also cocoanuts, oranges, bananas, citron, and ginger.
"A History of the Philippines" by David P. Barrows
Maluae climbed up the breadfruit-tree.
"Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)" by W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
They are coral islands with cocoanut palms and banana and breadfruit trees.
"The Amazing Inheritance" by Frances R. Sterrett
Then there are papaws, breadfruit and other tropical fruits that furnish all the delicacies he may desire.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In poetry:

And down where the rain-tree and the rife breadfruit together lean
Over its flow, and the flying-foxes hanging head to earth
Suddenly drop then flap aloft on large bat-wing, is seen
More of his mazing wizardry in birth.
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Breadfruit 's history runs deep in Pacific.
Breadfruit Is Mealy and Bland, but eBay Founder Sees Promise.
According to The Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, breadfruit grows in almost 90 countries.
Horticulturalist Diane Ragone advocates breadfruit as a solution to hunger in the tropics, visionary Dickson Despommier discusses the concept of vertical farms.
Breadfruit Is Mealy and Bland, but eBay Founder Sees Promise.
Here, "blini and caviar" means pancakes made of native breadfruit, a "sour cream" of tart chestnut-and-milk purée, and glistening yellow roe bubbles of carachama, an Amazonian armored catfish normally seen at exotic aquariums.
Courtesy of Maui Brewing Co. Breadfruit keeps trying to happen.
7.99), his "Xanth" stories are sprinkled with silly puns such as dimepedes that dwarf centipedes and breadfruit trees that really provide loaves of bread.