Noun Adansonia Definition and Examples







A tree of the genus Adansonia (family Malvaceae) comprising the baobab trees of Africa (particularly Madagascar) and Australia; especially the African species A. digitata of west and central Africa, and the Australian baobab, A. gregorii.
    ((n.) A genus of great trees related to the Bombax. There are two species, A. digitata, the baobab or monkey-bread of Africa and India, and A. Gregorii, the sour gourd or cream-of-tartar tree of Australia. Both have a trunk of moderate height, but of enormous diameter, and a wide-spreading head. The fruit is oblong, and filled with pleasantly acid pulp. The wood is very soft, and the bark is used by the natives for making ropes and cloth.)

    Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Miller (1691–1771), horticulturist and writer. From scientific Latin Adansonia (Linnaeus Species plantarum II. 1190) from the name of Michel Adanson, French naturalist + scientific Latin -ia.

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