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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One day, the little girl met an old man, who gave her fruit from a baobab tree.
Animals sometimes sleep inside the hollows of giant 2,000-year old baobab trees in South Africa.
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Origin and Etymology of baobab
New Latin bahobab
First Known Use: 1640See Words from the same year
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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