a thick-trunked tree (Adansonia digitata) of the bombax family, native to Africa: fiber from its bark is used for making rope, paper, etc., and the gourdlike fruit has an edible pulp
Origin of baobab; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps name in a language of Ethiopia
Any of several trees of the genus Adansonia of Africa, Madagascar, and Australia, especially the tropical African species A. digitata, having palmately compound leaves, edible gourdlike fruits, and a broad trunk that stores water.
Origin of baobabNew Latin bahobab, possibly from North African Arabic b&umacron;&hlowdot;ibab, fruit of many seeds, from Arabic ’ab&umacron; &hlowdot;ibab, source of seeds : ’ab, father, source; see ℵb in Semitic roots + &hlowdot;ibab, pl. of &hlowdot;abb, seed.
From Arabic بو حباب (būħibāb, “father of many seeds”), from ابو (’abū, “father”) + حب (ħabb, “seed”).