baobab

noun
bao·​bab | \ ˈbau̇-ˌbab How to pronounce baobab (audio) , ˈbā-ə-ˌbab How to pronounce baobab (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web One hundred and fifty thousand shoots of drought-resistant acacia, hardy baobab and Moringa spill out of their black plastic casings. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 The gang would then relocate to the park’s semiarid Savuti region, a landscape of baobab trees and rocky outcrops where dense herds of zebra and buffalo congregate at watering holes and try not to get picked off by the Savuti lion pride. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "A Tourism Lull May Be Good for Animals—but Not for Long," 1 Apr. 2020 To conduct the study, researchers combed books, articles, and the internet and asked local Africans in order to locate the biggest baobabs. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Africa’s strangest trees are stranger than thought—and they’re dying mysteriously," 11 June 2018 Many travelers might conjure up visions of tented camps, gourmet meals under a baobab tree, game drives through golden savanna, and sundowners at the end of the day. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019 Miavana is reachable by a helicopter ride that begins in Diego Suarez, Madagascar’s northernmost port, and swoops southeast across parkland dotted with a baobab species that grows only on these slopes. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 Over the years, the scientists have found that big African baobab specimens always have multiple stems. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Africa's baobab trees can live for more than 1,000 years, but the oldest and largest of them are dying," 11 June 2018 For two decades, the Sunland baobab attracted tourists wanting to knock back a pint in a tree. National Geographic, "Africa's Oldest Trees Are Dying, and Scientists Are Stumped," 11 June 2018 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baobab. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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baobab

noun
bao·​bab | \ ˈbau̇-ˌbab How to pronounce baobab (audio) , ˈbā-ə-ˌbab How to pronounce baobab (audio) \

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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