(also shea tree)
A small tropical African tree that bears oily nuts from which shea butter is obtained.
- Vitellaria paradoxa (or Butyrospermum parkii), family Sapotaceae
More 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.’
late 18th century: from Mande sye.
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