baobab

noun
bao·bab | \ˈbau̇-ˌbab, ˈbā-ə-ˌbab \

Definition of baobab 

: 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

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Ancient baobabs often are staples of local lore and frequently are the site of ceremonies and meetings. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying," 12 June 2018 Across Africa, the oldest and largest baobabs have begun to fall and die, according to new research in the journal Nature Plants. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying," 12 June 2018 In 2005, a group of scientists developed a method for measuring the age of live baobabs. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "“Tree of life” facing an outbreak of deaths," 14 June 2018 Researchers found that nine of the oldest 13 baobab trees and five of the six biggest ones have partially or completely perished in the past 12 years. Rory Smith, CNN, "Some of Africa's oldest and biggest baobob trees have died," 12 June 2018 African baobab trees are truly one of the wonders of the natural world. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Something Is Killing Off Africa’s Largest Baobab Trees," 12 June 2018 Africa’s baobab tree looks like something from a Dr. Seuss book. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Africa’s strangest trees are stranger than thought—and they’re dying mysteriously," 11 June 2018 Using radiocarbon dating, the researchers analyzed over 60 of the largest and potentially oldest baobab trees in Africa from 2005 to 2017. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Africa's oldest baobab trees are dying at an unprecedented rate, and climate change may be to blame," 11 June 2018 Essential ones, like oakmoss, bay leaf, and petitgrain, plus a blend of jojoba, grapeseed, argan, pumpkin seed, and baobab oils. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Natural and Organic Grooming Products to Restock Your Cabinet," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of baobab

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baobab

New Latin bahobab

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baobab

noun
bao·bab | \ˈbau̇-ˌbab, ˈbā-ə-ˌbab \

Medical Definition of baobab 

: 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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