Origin of baobabfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps name in a language of Ethiopia
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
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 būhibab fruit of many seeds from Arabic 'abū hibāb source of seeds 'ab father, source ℵb hibāb pl. of habb seed
From Arabic بو حباب (būħibāb, “father of many seeds”), from ابو (’abū, “father”) + حب (ħabb, “seed”).
- On the hills the baobab and hyphaene palm are characteristic; on the plateau are stretches of open savanna, and park-like country with clumps of silk cotton and shea-butter trees.
- In the savannas are gigantic baobab trees.
- Other trees, found chiefly on the plateaus, are the baobab, the shea-butter tree, the locust tree, gambier, palms, including the date and dum palm (Hyphaene), the tamarind, and, in the arid regions, the acacia and mimosa.
- It is related closely to the famous baobab of tropical Africa.
- The forest vegetation, largely confined to the "Isle of Isles" and the southern uplands, includes the Adansonia (baobab), which in the Fazogli district attains gigantic proportions, the tamarind, of which bread is made, the deleb palm, several valuable gum trees (whence the term Sennari often applied in Egypt to gumarabic), some dyewoods, ebony, ironwood and many varieties of acacia.