boojum

noun
boo·​jum | \ ˈbü-jəm How to pronounce boojum (audio) \

Definition of boojum

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

First Known Use of boojum

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boojum

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

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“Boojum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boojum. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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