boojum-tree

boojum tree

[boo-juhm]
noun
a tree, Idria columnaris, native to Baja California, having spreading spiny branches, deciduous leaves, and yellow flowers.
Also called cirio.


Origin:
1960–65; after the boojum, an imaginary creature invented by Lewis Carroll in the poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876)

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boojum tree

noun
candlewood of Mexico and southwestern California having tall columnar stems and bearing honey-scented creamy yellow flowers 
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