Definition of Baobab

1. Noun. African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread.

Exact synonyms: Adansonia Digitata, Monkey-bread Tree
Terms within: Monkey Bread, Sour Gourd
Group relationships: Adansonia, Genus Adansonia
Generic synonyms: Angiospermous Tree, Flowering Tree

Definition of Baobab

1. n. A gigantic African tree (Adansonia digitata), also naturalized in India. See Adansonia.

Definition of Baobab

1. Noun. A tree, ''Adansonia digitata'' (and similar species), native to tropical Africa, having a broad swollen trunk and edible gourd-like hanging fruits. ¹

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Definition of Baobab

1. a tropical tree [n -S]

Medical Definition of Baobab

1. A gigantic African tree (Adansonia digitata), also naturalized in India. See Adansonia. Origin: The native name. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Baobab

banyan day
banyan days
banyan tree
banzai attack
banzai charge
baobab (current term)

Literary usage of Baobab

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lost Crops of Africa: Volume Ii: Vegetables by National Research Council (U. S.), National Academies Press (2006)
"In a strongly worded invocation to the creator, the baobab complained about the bad deal it'd been given. This impertinence had no effect: Following a hasty ..."

2. Ceylon: An Account of the Island Physical, Historical and Topographical by Sir James Emerson Tennent (1859)
"The most singular objects in the landscape are a number of the monstrous baobab trees (Adansonia digi- tata), whose importation from the western coast of ..."

3. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain) (1899)
"... a stimulus to the inhabitants of Bulawayo, who, in spite of many obstacles, have baobab TREE, INYANGA PLATEAU, NORTH-EASTERN ..."

4. An Universal History: From the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time by George Sale, George Psalmanazar, Archibald Bower, George Shelvocke, John Campbell, John Swinton (1765)
"The baobab cannot grow out of a very hot climate ; it delights in a fandy and ... (who had lately communicated his observations on the baobab to the French ..."

5. The Student, and Intellectual Observer (1868)
"THOUGH the baobab is not a new discovery, there are so many peculiarities attached to it and ... The African baobab is remarkable not for its great height, ..."

6. Tree gossip by Francis George Heath (1885)
"baobab. ' V7 ROM the Cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop 1 that springeth out of the ... From the baobab of Africa to the mallow of our lanes and fields might be ..."

7. Plant-geography Upon a Physiological Basis by Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper (1903)
"The baobab. East African savannah according to H. Meyer and Engler, iii. Savannah in America. The llanos. The campos of Brazil according to Warming. i. ..."

8. Trees and Tree-planting by James Sanks Brisbin (1888)
"The subject is a vast one; thousands of trees bear names or attributes worthy of description. The most remarkable trees, as to size, are the baobab of ..."

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