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A tall, shiny leaf tree (Artocarpus communis) native to Hawaiian and South Pacific islands. The bast fibers from inner fibrous bark of the tree are used to make a paper called tapa. Breadfruit wood has been used to make canoes and furniture.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Artocarpus communis; fruta-pão (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "Breadfruit." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 6 May 2004 .

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