boojum
noun Etymology: perhaps from boojum, an imaginary creature in The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll; from its grotesque appearance Date: 1951 a tall spiny long-lived desert tree (Fouquieria columnaris syn. Idria columnaris) native to northwestern Mexico and related to the ocotillo

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  • Boojum — may refer to:*A particularly dangerous kind of Snark. *Boojum (superfluidity), a phenomenon in physics, associated with superfluid Helium 3. *The boojum tree ( Fouquieria columnaris ) of Baja California, with an isolated population in Sonora,… …   Wikipedia

  • Boojum — Cirio Cirio auf der Baja California in der Region Cataviña Systematik Ordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • boojum — noun a) A geometric pattern sometimes observed on the surface of superfluid helium 3 b) A species of tree (Fouquieria columnaris) native to Baja California, Mexico …   Wiktionary

  • boojum — [ bu:dʒəm] noun an imaginary dangerous animal. Origin 1876: nonsense word coined by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark …   English new terms dictionary

  • boojum — boo·jum …   English syllables

  • boojum — noun see boogum …   Useful english dictionary

  • Boojum (superfluidity) — In the physics of superfluidity, a boojum is a geometric pattern on the surface of one of the phases of superfluid helium 3, whose motion can result in the decay of a supercurrent. A boojum can result from a monopole singularity in the bulk of… …   Wikipedia

  • Boojum tree — Taxobox name = Boojum Tree image width = 240px image caption = Three Boojum or Cirio trees in the central Baja desert. regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Ericales familia = Fouquieriaceae genus = Fouquieria… …   Wikipedia

  • boojum tree — /booh jeuhm/ a tree, Idria columnaris, native to Baja California, having spreading spiny branches, deciduous leaves, and yellow flowers. Also called cirio. [1960 65; after the boojum, an imaginary creature invented by Lewis Carroll in the poem… …   Universalium

  • boojum tree — cirio cirio n. the candlewood of Mexico and couthwestern California ({Idria columnaris} or {Fouquieria columnaris}), having tall columnar stems and bearing honey scented creamy yellow flowers; called also the {boojum tree}. Syn: boojum tree,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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