boojum


boo·jum

noun \ˈbü-jəm\

Definition of BOOJUM

:  a tall spiny long-lived desert tree (Fouquieria columnaris syn. Idria columnaris) native to northwestern Mexico and related to the ocotillo

Origin of BOOJUM

perhaps from boojum, an imaginary creature in The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll; from its grotesque appearance
First Known Use: 1951

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