June 19th, 2016

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Word of the Day 06/19/16 Baobab

Baobab (noun)
baobab [bey-oh-bab, bah-oh-, bou-bab]

1. any large tree belonging to the genus Adansonia, of the bombax family, especially A. digitata, which is native to tropical Africa, has an exceedingly thick trunk, and bears a gourdlike fruit.

Origin: 1630-40; < New Latin bahobab, first cited in a description of the tree's fruit by Italian physician and botanist Prospero Alpini (1553-1616 or 17); origin obscure

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