shea tree

noun
\ˈshē-, ˈshā-\

Definition of shea tree 

: a tropical African tree (Vitellaria paradoxa synonym Butyrospermum parkii) of the sapodilla family with fatty nuts that yield shea butter

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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, "These Photos Show the Women Behind the Shea Butter in Your Beauty Products," 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, "These Photos Show the Women Behind the Shea Butter in Your Beauty Products," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of shea tree

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shea tree

Bambara si

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