from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several trees of the genus Adansonia of Africa, Madagascar, and Australia, especially the tropical African species A. digitata having a broad swollen trunk that stores water, palmately compound leaves, and edible gourdlike hanging fruits.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree, Adansonia digitata (and similar species), native to tropical Africa, having a broad swollen trunk and edible gourd-like hanging fruits.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gigantic African tree (Adansonia digitata), also naturalized in India. See adansonia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An African tree, the Adansonia digitata, belonging to the tribe Bombaceæ; natural order Malvaceæ, also called the Ethiopian sour-gourd, and in South Africa the cream-of-tartar tree. It is a native of tropical Africa, and has been introduced and naturalized in various parts of the East and West Indies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic بو حباب (būħibāb, "father of many seeds"), from ابو (’abū, "father") + حب (ħabb, "seed"). (Wiktionary)