Definition of shea in English:


Syllabification: shea
Pronunciation: /SHē, SHā
(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
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    • 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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