[shee, shey]

1799; said to be < Bambara si (shea is Mungo Park's spelling) Unabridged
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shea (ˈʃɪə)
1.  a tropical African sapotaceous tree, Butyrospermum parkii, with oily seeds
2.  shea butter the white butter-like fat obtained from the seeds of this plant and used as food, to make soaps, etc
[C18: from Bambara si]

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