baobab

Definitions

  • Baobab
    Baobab
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n baobab African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: African Baobab tree's circumference can reach 180 feet. If the trunk is hollow, 20 people would be able to fit inside of it.
    • n Baobab (Bot) A gigantic African tree (Adansonia digitata), also naturalized in India. See Adansonia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baobab An African tree, the Adansonia digitata, belonging to the tribe Bombaceæ; natural order Malvaceæ, also called the Ethiopian sour-gourd, and in South Africa the cream-of-tartar tree. It is a native of tropical Africa, and has been introduced and naturalized in various parts of the East and West Indies. It is one of the largest trees in the world, being often found 30 feet in diameter, though it grows to a height of only from 40 to 70 feet. The branches shoot out from (60 to 70 feet, bearing a dense mass of deciduous leaves, somewhat similar to those of the horse-chestnut. The white flowers are from 4 to 6 inches broad, and the oblong gourd-like fruit, about a foot in length, is eaten by monkeys, and hence is called monkey-bread (which see). The juice of the fruit mixed with sugar is much esteemed as a beverage; and the pulp, which is pleasantly acid, is eaten, and is employed as a remedy in Egyptian dysentery. The dried and powdered mucilaginous bark and leaves are used by the negroes, under the name of lalo, on their food, like pepper, to diminish perspiration; and the strong fiber of the bark is made into ropes and cloth. The only other known species of this genus are the Australian sour-gourd or cream-of-tartar tree, Adansonia Gregorii, which differs chiefly in its smaller fruit, and the Madagascar baobab, A. Madagascariensis, which has red flowers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Baobab bā′o-bab a magnificent tree, native to tropical Western Africa, whose trunk is 20 to 30 feet thick, called also the Monkey-bread Tree.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The native name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
African.

Usage

In literature:

E. The largest of the two baobabs was 76 feet in girth.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Through the twigs of his baobab, the tempest of great voyages and journeys soughed and blew bad advice.
"Tartarin of Tarascon" by Alphonse Daudet
You cannot grow baobabs on the Boulevards.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
Her hatred of Phyl, big as a baobab tree, covered with its shadow Vernons, Miss Pinckney, and Richard.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The trunk of the baobab could no longer afford protection.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Behold how the trees, the sycamore and the mtambu, the great baobab, and the mbiti, how they nod their heads, and are pleased!!
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
Adanson on age of the baobab tree, 422.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
These baobabs are often hollow.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
It is related closely to the famous baobab of tropical Africa.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
Under the doubtful shade of a baobab we breakfasted, and then went up the stream with our rifles to look for game.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
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In news:

Formed in 1970 and one of the most popular African bands of the decade, Senegal's Orchestra Baobab created a blend of various African and Cuban styles and rhythms as entrancing today as it was when the group first began to play.
Grand comme le baobab .
Tall as the Baobab Tree.
Madagascar's bid to save its majestic baobab trees.
The spectacular baobab trees are a landmark of Madagascar, a large island located off the southeastern African coast.
(According to local lore, the first baobabs offended the gods, and as punishment they would forever grow upside-down.
IFT Meeting & Food Expo: Beds, belly dancers and baobab .
Baobab 's earliest recordings, available on Baobab -N'Wolof, mostly sound like guitar-driven Afro-Cuban grooves with beautifully elastic Wolof vocals overlaid.
Baobab Oil and Vegetable Glycerin Emollients.
'The Red Dress' at Baobab Stage.
So our first recent chance to sample West African cookery came with this winter's opening of Keur-Baobab, which features the food of Senegal , a former French possession smack on the left-hand bulge of the continent.
And his Coral Reefer Band are once again taking their high-energy sing-a-long extravaganza on the road, in support of the new album titled Far Side of the World, with a look and feel of the African savannah, complete with giant baobab tree.
Madagascar 's bid to save its majestic baobab trees.
The spectacular baobab trees are a landmark of Madagascar , a large island located off the southeastern African coast.
Baobab Tree in Madagascar Photo.
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