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baobab

[bey-oh-bab, bah-oh-, bou-bab] /ˈbeɪ oʊˌbæb, ˈbɑ oʊ-, ˈbaʊ bæb/
noun
1.
any large tree belonging to the genus Adansonia, of the bombax family, especially A. digitata, which is native to tropical Africa, has an exceedingly thick trunk, and bears a gourdlike fruit.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < New Latin bahobab, first cited in a description of the tree's fruit by Italian physician and botanist Prospero Alpini (1553-1616 or 17); origin obscure
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  • Village elders observed the flowering of the baobab tree or the flights of bees to tell them when to plant.
  • The cool grooming circle is over by the baobab tree.
  • When they desire baobab fruit, they visit a baobab tree.
  • The baobab seed powder is a key ingredient in cosmetics, such as fragrant body oils.
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baobab

/ˈbeɪəʊˌbæb/
noun
1.
a bombacaceous tree, Adansonia digitata, native to Africa, that has a very thick trunk, large white flowers, and a gourdlike fruit with an edible pulp called monkey bread Also called bottle tree, monkey bread tree
Word Origin
C17: probably from a native African word
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Word Origin and History for baobab
n.

1630s, from Medieval Latin bahobab (1590s), apparently from a central African language.

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