BitoBi"to\, n., Bito tree \Bi"to tree`\ . [Etym. uncertain.] (Bot.) A small scrubby tree (Balanites [AE]gyptiaca) growing in dry regions of tropical Africa and Asia. Note: The hard yellowish white wood is made into plows in Abyssinia; the bark is used in Farther India to stupefy fish; the ripe fruit is edible, when green it is an anthelmintic; the fermented juice is used as a beverage; the seeds yield a medicinal oil called zachun. The African name of the tree is hajilij.
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