shea tree

noun
\ ˈshē- How to pronounce shea tree (audio) , 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

Examples of shea tree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shea tree.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of shea tree

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shea tree

Bambara si

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shea tree

Statistics for shea tree

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shea tree

The first known use of shea tree was in 1799

See more words from the same year

Comments on shea tree

What made you want to look up shea tree? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

miscellaneous remnants or debris

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!