baobab

[bey-oh-bab, bah-oh-, bou-bab]
noun
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:
1630–40; < Neo-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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baobab (ˈbeɪəʊˌbæb)
 
n
bottle tree, Also called: monkey bread tree 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
 
[C17: probably from a native African word]

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baobab
1630s, from M.L. bahobab (1592), apparently from a central African language.
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Example sentences
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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