A tropical western African evergreen tree (Blighia sapida) having leathery red-and-yellow fruits. It is naturalized and cultivated in the tropics and in Florida.
The edible, fleshy, ripe aril of this tree, especially popular as a food in Jamaica. The seeds and unripe arils are poisonous.
Origin of akee
- Possibly Kru akee or Akan (Twi) aŋkyẽ wild cashew
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition