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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This isn’t just a case of these baobabs reaching the ends of their lifespans. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Ancient Baobab Trees Are Dying, And We Don't Know Why," 13 June 2018 The tree-house-like stilted bungalows of Asilia’s Jabali Ridge—enclosed by teak louvered shutters and nest-like gum-wood-branch roofs—hide between boulders on a soaring granite outcrop, giving panoramic views of plains and otherworldly baobabs. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ruaha: The African National Park You'll Have Almost All to Yourself," 11 Oct. 2018 The baobab had short sticks jammed into its trunk, forming a perilous ladder that the Hadza climbed to raid beehives. WSJ, "Hunting in Tanzania the Way Our Earliest Ancestors Did," 9 Oct. 2018 Thirsty elephants often strip a baobab of its bark and wood to get their moisture. Washington Post, "Africa’s iconic baobab trees dying off at alarming rate," 13 July 2018 The scientists considered baobabs a good challenge because others had said wood was difficult to determine the age of. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Africa’s strangest trees are stranger than thought—and they’re dying mysteriously," 11 June 2018 Overall, five of the six largest baobabs either completely died or their oldest parts significantly deteriorated. 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 Over 15 years, Patrut identified about 60 of the largest and oldest baobabs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Something Is Killing Off Africa’s Largest Baobab Trees," 12 June 2018 The baobab known as Adansonia digitata L. is an icon of the African savannah. Amina Khan,, "Africa's baobab trees can live for more than 1,000 years, but the oldest and largest of them are dying," 11 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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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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