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shea

Syllabification: shea
Pronunciation: /SHē, SHā
 
/
(also shea tree)

Definition of shea in English:

noun

A small tropical African tree that bears oily nuts from which shea butter is obtained.
  • Vitellaria paradoxa (or Butyrospermum parkii), family Sapotaceae
Example sentences
  • The tradition is passed on from medicine women and the male herbal doctors: at birth, babies are covered by the midwife in shea butter, made from the nuts of the shea tree.
  • Shea butter, which is extracted from shea tree nuts found in West Africa, is said to be ‘one of the best all-natural beauty products that nature offers.’

Origin

late 18th century: from Mande sye.

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