mafura

noun

ma·​fura
variants or mafurra
məˈfərə
plural -s
: an East African tree (Trichilia emetica) having capsular fruit whose seeds yield a fatty substance resembling cocoa butter that is used for soap and candles

Word History

Etymology

of Bantu origin; akin to Sotho & Ronga mafura, literally, fat, oil

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“Mafura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mafura. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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