Definition of akee in US 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

    • ‘Fond d' Or is a lush green wooded area with coconut trees, mangrove wetlands, wild sea grapes and ackee, known locally as zecak.’
    • ‘Using flashlights to look outside, it seems as if part of the ackee tree has fallen down.’
    1. 1.1 The fruit of the akee, widely eaten as a vegetable, but which can be poisonous unless cooked.
      ‘a tree full of akees’
      mass noun ‘a dish of akee’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The streets were lined with jerk chicken barbecues, goat curry stands and Jamaican ackee and saltfish sellers.’
      • ‘You can also get your saltfish with ackee, a combo referred to as Jamaica's national dish.’
      • ‘You can also get your saltfish with ackee, a combo that's often referred to as Jamaica's national dish.’
      • ‘She went downstairs to be greeted by Gwen who was in the kitchen preparing ackee and saltfish with fried green plantains for breakfast.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Try the traditional breakfast of saltfish and ackee - far superior to bacon and eggs.’
      • ‘I eat anything, and your ackee smells very inviting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Local Carribean fruits - ackees, plums, guavas, sugar apples, and anything preserved by the Trinis’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After opening the can of Ackee, be sure to drain off the water that the ackee is packaged in.’
      • ‘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 tour the great house, have a Jamaican lunch of curry goat or ackee and salt fish, and take a swim in the pool.’
      • ‘The introduction of the ackee and the mango at the end of the eighteenth century did help to reduce this vitamin A deficiency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


Late 18th century: from Kru ākee.