Adansonia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Adansonia baobab; cream-of-tartar tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adansonia (Bot) A genus of great trees related to the Bombax. There are two species, Adansonia digitata, the baobab or monkey-bread of Africa and India, and Adansonia Gregorii, the sour gourd or cream-of-tartar tree of Australia. Both have a trunk of moderate height, but of enormous diameter, and a wide-spreading head. The fruit is oblong, and filled with pleasantly acid pulp. The wood is very soft, and the bark is used by the natives for making ropes and cloth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adansonia A genus of trees, natural order Malvaceæ, suborder Bombaceæ. A. digitata is the African calabash-tree, or baobab-tree of Senegal. See baobab. A. Gregorii, the only other species, is the cream-of-tartar tree of northern Australia. See cream-of-tartar tree, under cream.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adansonia ad-an-sō′ni-a the baobab, monkey-bread, or calabash-tree of West Africa.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Adanson, a French botanist
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
So called from Adanson, a French botanist (1727-1806).

Usage

In literature:

Marked a large adansonia tree 12 on its south side.
"Journals of Australian Explorations" by A C and F T Gregory
Capparides, and thought to be a Capparis; it also bears a resemblance to the Adansonia described in Captain Tuckey's Congo.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
It bore some resemblance to the Adansonia figured in the account of Captain Tuckey's expedition to Congo.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey
Here, underneath the great Adansonia tree where the Mahdi had stayed so long, he pitched his camp and made preparations for his advance on Nuba.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
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