variants or boojum
plural -s
: a spiny tree (Idria columnaris) of the family Fouquieriaceae chiefly of Lower California sometimes arching over and rooting at its tips

Word History


perhaps from boojum, an imaginary creature in The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll (C.L.Dodgson) †1898 English mathematician & writer; from its grotesque appearance

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boogum was in 1951

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“Boogum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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