The baobab tree.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Ethiopian native name
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Origin: Possibly from North African Arabic būḥibab, fruit of many seeds, from Arabic ’abū ḥibāb, source of seeds : ’ab, father, source; see אb in Semitic roots + ḥibāb, pl. of ḥabb, seed.