argan tree

noun

ar·​gan tree
: a tall Moroccan tree (Argania sideroxylon) of the family Sapotaceae bearing fruits like olives that are used as a cattle food and seeds that yield argan oil

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Moroccan Arabic & Berber; Moroccan Arabic argan, borrowed from Berber (Shilha/Tashelhit), "oil of the argan tree"

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“Argan tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/argan%20tree. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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