Baobabs

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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