noun boo·jum \ˈbü-jəm\

Definition of boojum

  1. :  a tall spiny long-lived desert tree (Fouquieria columnaris synonym Idria columnaris) native to northwestern Mexico and related to the ocotillo

Origin and Etymology of boojum

perhaps from boojum, an imaginary creature in The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll; from its grotesque appearance

First Known Use: 1951

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