Definition of akee in English:



(also ackee)
  • 1A tropical tree that is cultivated for its fruit. Native to West Africa, it has been introduced into the West Indies and elsewhere.

    Blighia sapida, family Sapindaceae

    ‘Using flashlights to look outside, it seems as if part of the ackee tree has fallen down.’
    • ‘Fond d' Or is a lush green wooded area with coconut trees, mangrove wetlands, wild sea grapes and ackee, known locally as zecak.’
    1. 1.1The fruit of the akee, widely eaten as a vegetable, but which can be poisonous unless cooked.
      ‘a tree full of akees’
      • ‘a dish of akee’
      • ‘A Sunday brunch/feast of sausage & beans, ackee & saltfish and garlic crabs was put on and they had me licking my fingers and dying for more.’
      • ‘The national dish in Jamaica is ackee and saltfish, but curried goat and rice, and fried fish and barnrny (a flat, baked cassava bread) are just as popular and delicious.’
      • ‘You can also get your saltfish with ackee, a combo referred to as Jamaica's national dish.’
      • ‘I'm hoping to sample some traditional food such as jerk chicken, saltfish and ackee, plus keep an ear open for some new radio talent.’
      • ‘At its simple best, Caribbean cuisine can be excellent: try conch chowder in the Bahamas, salt fish and ackee in Jamaica, fried plantain and barbecued shrimp just about anywhere.’
      • ‘She went downstairs to be greeted by Gwen who was in the kitchen preparing ackee and saltfish with fried green plantains for breakfast.’
      • ‘At Jake's we had crab and akee on toast, followed by kingfish in coconut cream, and wondered whether to make an appointment with the bicycling masseur Joshua Stein.’
      • ‘This spacious Jamaican restaurant has a wide-ranging menu that features the likes of cow foot, jerk chicken, ackee and salt fish, and cow-cod soup, but I was there to eat rotis.’
      • ‘You can also tour the great house, have a Jamaican lunch of curry goat or ackee and salt fish, and take a swim in the pool.’
      • ‘If you ask Caucasians what regional foods they know or have tried, jerk meats, peas and rice, patties and ackee and saltfish are sure to be top responses.’
      • ‘You can also get your saltfish with ackee, a combo that's often referred to as Jamaica's national dish.’
      • ‘The streets were lined with jerk chicken barbecues, goat curry stands and Jamaican ackee and saltfish sellers.’
      • ‘Try the traditional breakfast of saltfish and ackee - far superior to bacon and eggs.’
      • ‘She includes many Caribbean specialities, like souse, and ackee and saltfish, and the glowing photography, by Artie Colantuono, makes even something as plain as yam in butter sauce look like a long-awaited feast.’
      • ‘The reader is introduced to tropical dishes like ackee and saltfish, thirst quenchers like rum punch and is entertained by reggae, calypso and a week long carnival celebration.’
      • ‘The introduction of the ackee and the mango at the end of the eighteenth century did help to reduce this vitamin A deficiency.’
      • ‘Local Carribean fruits - ackees, plums, guavas, sugar apples, and anything preserved by the Trinis’
      • ‘It encapsulates Jamaica's colonial past perfectly, as the fish (salted cod) would have been transported south in ships coming to collect sugar, while ackee, a savoury fruit, was introduced from West Africa.’
      • ‘After opening the can of Ackee, be sure to drain off the water that the ackee is packaged in.’
      • ‘I eat anything, and your ackee smells very inviting.’



/aˈkē/ /ˈakē/ /æˈki/


Late 18th century from Kru ākee.