shea tree


ˈshē- How to pronounce shea tree (audio)
: a tropical African tree (Vitellaria paradoxa synonym Butyrospermum parkii) of the sapodilla family with fatty nuts that yield shea butter

Examples of shea tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shea tree is found in tropical Africa. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2021 Hanahana provides health education to shea butter producers and farmers in rural communities across northern Ghana, as well as equipment improvements for production, and advocacy for shea tree protections. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 16 Mar. 2023 In fact, the storied history of this emollient — which comes from the nut of the shea tree, common in sub-Saharan Africa — apparently dates all the way back to Cleopatra herself, who was said to always keep a jar of it on hand. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, 1 Mar. 2022 The shea butter comes from two oily kernels within the shea tree seed. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2021 Shea butter is a seed fat that comes from the shea tree. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2021 Shea butter is a lipid that's produced from the nuts of the shea tree. Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping, 28 Dec. 2020 In Northern Ghana, where much of the world’s shea butter is produced, collectives of women make a living by processing the nuts of the shea tree into butter. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, 6 Feb. 2018 The Katariga women begin by buying shea nuts in bulk or collecting the shea nuts from dense forests of shea trees, then boiling them for about half an hour until their shells come off, as in the photo above. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, 6 Feb. 2018

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Word History


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First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shea tree was in 1799

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“Shea tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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