Definition of baobab in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbāōˌbab/ Pronunciation: /ˈbouˌbab/


A short tree with an enormously thick trunk and large edible fruit. It can live to a great age.
Example sentences
  • School children will pitch in to help staff at Johannesburg Zoo plant baobabs and false cabbage trees at the zoo on Arbor Day, Friday, 2 September, to celebrate national Arbor Week.
  • By ten we're stripped to shorts and tee-shirts and have a coffee stop under a giant baobab, the tree Livingstone likened to an upturned carrot.
  • Named after the African baobab tree, Vocal Baobab is one of the busiest and most popular folklore troupes in Havana, Cuba.


Mid 17th century: probably from an African language; first recorded in Latin (1592), in a treatise on the plants of Egypt by Prosper Alpinus, Italian botanist.

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Syllabification: ba·o·bab

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