shea tree
noun Etymology: Bambara si Date: 1799 a tropical African tree (Vitellaria paradoxa syn. Butyrospermum parkii) of the sapodilla family with fatty nuts that yield shea butter

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  • Shea tree — She a tree (Bot.) An African sapotaceous tree ({Bassia Parkii} syn. {Butyrospermum Parkii}), from the seeds of which a substance resembling butter is obtained; the African butter tree. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shea-tree — see shea …   Useful english dictionary

  • shea tree — ˈshē , ˈshā noun or shea butter tree or shea ( s) Etymology: shea from Bambara si : a rough barked tropical African tree (Butyrospermum parkii) of the family Sapotaceae having round to elongate fruits …   Useful english dictionary

  • shea tree — an African tree, Butyrospermum parkii, of the sapodilla family, bearing a round, smooth skinned fruit that contains one or more seeds yielding shea butter. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • shea tree — n. tropical African tree bearing oily seeds from which white fat (shea butter) is extracted …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Shea butter — or Shea nut butter is a slightly yellowish or ivory colored natural fat extracted from fruit of the shea tree by crushing and boiling. Shea butter is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and an emollient. Shea butter is also edible. It is… …   Wikipedia

  • Shea (disambiguation) — Shea may refer to:*Shea, (Vitellaria paradoxa, syn. Butyrospermum parkii, B. paradoxa) a tree indigenous to Africa *Shea Stadium, American baseball park in New York City *Shea butter or Shea nut butter, a slightly greenish or ivory colored… …   Wikipedia

  • shea butter — ˈshē , ˈshā noun : a solid grayish, yellowish, or whitish fat obtained from the seeds of the shea tree and used chiefly as a food, in soap, and in candles * * * shea butter 7 [shea butter] [ˈʃiː bʌt …   Useful english dictionary

  • shea — noun a) A tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) indigenous to Africa, occurring in Mali, Cameroon, Congo, Côte dIvoire, Ghana, Guinea, Togo, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Uganda. b) The fruit of this tree, having a thin, tart, nutritious pulp… …   Wiktionary

  • shea nut — noun : the seed of the shea tree * * * the seed of the shea tree and the source of shea butter. [1915 20] …   Useful english dictionary

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