Definition of baobab in English:

baobab

Line breaks: bao¦bab
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)bab
 
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noun

  • A short tree with a very thick trunk and large edible fruit, living to a great age.
    • Genus Adansonia, family Bombacaceae: several species, in particular the African A. digitata and the Australian A. gregorii
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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