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Definition of the noun akee

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noun - plural: akees

  1. widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions for its fragrant flowers and colorful fruits; introduced in Jamaica by William Bligh
  2. red pear-shaped tropical fruit with poisonous seeds; flesh is poisonous when unripe or overripe
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of akee: ackee
    • more generic term: edible fruit = edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
    • part of: akee tree / Blighia sapida = widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions for its fragrant flowers and colorful fruits

Alternative definition of the noun akee


  1. A tropical evergreen tree (Blighia sapida) related to the lychee and longan.
  2. The fruit of the ackee, of which only the arils are edible, the remainder being poisonous.

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Google previewToxicology (2001)

A Case-Oriented Approach by John Joseph Fenton

Akee is a staple in the diet of the people of Jamaica, British West Indies. It is safe when the raw fruit or the spoiled aril (as poisonous as unripe fruit) is avoided. It is believed that the metabolite of hypoglycin, methylene cyclopropane acetic acid, ...

Google previewThe Australasian Fruit Culturist (1893)

Containing Full and Complete Information as to the History, Traditions, Uses, Propagation and Culture of Such Fruits as are Suitable to Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand ... by David Alexander Crichton

The Akee is a native of Western Africa, and was taken to the West Indies by Captain Bligh, who also introduced the ...

Google previewThe Wealth of Nature. Our Food Supplies from the Vegetable Kingdom (1870)

The akee is a tree about thirty feet in height ; the leaves resemble those of the ash ; the flowers are small and white, and are produced in branched spikes; the fruit is about the size of a hen's egg, oblong, ribbed, and compressed in the middle, ...

Google previewHandbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants (2007)

by Lewis S. Nelson, Richard D. Shih, Michael J. Balick

When ripe, Akee is a traditional food in Jamaica, where the aril is cooked with codfish. Toxin: Hypoglycin A, a cyclopropylamino acid.This toxin and its metabolites inhibit fatty acid ...

Google previewThe Compendium of Cooking with Fruit - Hundreds of Recipes Accompanied by Nutritional and Botanical Information (2014)

by Various

Akee is the name given to a tree, Blighia sapida,

Google previewThe Floria of To-day (1889)

A Guide for Tourists and Settlers by James Wood Davidson

The akee is a native of Africa. Botanists know it as ...

Google previewA Profile of Economic Plants (1987)

by John C. Roecklein, Ping Sun Leung

170 Summary : Akee is a tree planted for its edible, fully-ripened fruit aril. Unripe or damaged fruit should not be eaten because of a toxic peptide, hypoglycin A. Carefully selected fruit arils are eaten fresh or cooked. Trees bear both ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants (2016)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set) by Umberto Quattrocchi

Fruits edible, but children often poisoned by cooked akee water. Stem bark and leaves used externally as body stimulant, a weak decoction used in wasting disease. Various parts of the tree used to expel parasites and to treat dysentery, ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

sapida Konig English: akee apple Cameroon: abale, ndamba Gabon: ngwin, ekom Nigeria: ishin, ukpe; gwanja kusa (Hausa); feso (Fula); ila ( Nupe); isin (Yoruba); ukpe (Edo); ukpe rerhen (Urhobo); abikotor (Itsekiri); ilipa ...

Google previewDictionary of Food (2009)

International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z by Charles Sinclair

akee The fruit ofasmall African tree,Blighia sapida, introduced tothe Caribbean by Captain Bligh and now extensively grown there. The soft ...

Google previewThe Wizard of Food's Encyclopedia of Kitchen & Cooking Secrets (2010)

by Myles H. Bader

Akee is grown in Jamaica and is very popular throughout the Caribbean. When mature, the fruit splits open, exposing the edible white aril, the outer covering of the seed. ALCOHOL (cooking with) FREEZING FOODS WITH ALCOHOL If you are ...

Google previewFoods and Food Production Encyclopedia (2012)

by Douglas M. Considine

AKEE. Also known as the akee apple ...

Google previewChemical Dictionary of Economic Plants (2001)

by Jeffrey B. Harborne, Herbert Baxter

Akee. Fruit arils of Blighia sapida (Sapindaceae), a tree from West Africa. Food plant. The unripe aril contains toxic amounts of the non-protein amino acid, hypoglycin A, which can cause hypoglycaemia, or 'vomiting sickness'. This is a popular ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Popular Names of the Plants which Furnish the Natural and Acquired Wants of Man, in All Matters of Domestic and General Economy (1882)

Their History, Products, & Uses by John Smith

Akee, the native name for the fruit of Blighia sapida, a tree of the Soapberry family (Sapindaceae), native of Western tropical Africa, early introduced into the West Indies, and now spread into other tropical countries. It is common in Jamaica, ...

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Toxicology (1998)

by Robert Alan Lewis

akee, Akee. 1: Blighia sapida. 2: the native Jamaican name for the fruit of B. sapida. Aki. Blighia sapida. akinesis. the absence or cessation of movement. akipom. Bitis arietans. Akocanthera. Acocanthera. Al.. the ...

Google previewMansfeld's Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops (2001)

(Except Ornamentals) by Peter Hanelt, Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

Akee, ackee, akee-apple; Fr. ris de veau vegetal, arbre fricassee G. Aki-Pflaume; Sp. huevo vegetal, seso vegetal, aki; Port, castanha de Africa; kaka, finzan, akye, ishin (W Africa; still more names in dialects). W Africa: Senegal to Gabon.

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Akee Meaning

Video shows what akee means. A tropical evergreen tree, , related to the lychee and longan.. The fruit of the tree, of which only the arils are edible, the ...

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Scrabble value of A1K5E1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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