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baobab

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noun bao·bab \ˈbau̇-ˌbab, ˈbā-ə-\

Definition of baobab

  1. :  a broad-trunked tropical tree (Adansonia digitata) of the silk-cotton family that is native to Africa and has an edible acidic fruit resembling a gourd and bark used in making paper, cloth, and rope; also :  any of several related trees chiefly of Madagascar and Australia



Origin of baobab

New Latin bahobab


First Known Use: 1640


Medical Dictionary

baobab

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noun bao·bab \ˈbau̇-ˌbab, ˈbā-ə-ˌbab\

Medical Definition of baobab

  1. :  a broad-trunked Old World tropical tree (Adansonia digitata) of the silk-cotton family (Bombacaceae) with an edible acid fruit resembling a gourd, leaves and bark formerly used medicinally, and bark that is used in making paper, cloth, and rope




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