Meaning of baobab in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbeɪə(ʊ)bab/


  • A short tree with a very thick trunk and large edible fruit, living to a great age.

    Genus Adansonia, family Bombacaceae: several species, in particular the African A. digitata and the Australian A. gregorii

    ‘School children will pitch in to help staff at Johannesburg Zoo plant baobabs and false cabbage trees at the zoo on Arbor Day, Friday, 2 September, to celebrate national Arbor Week.’
    • ‘By ten we're stripped to shorts and tee-shirts and have a coffee stop under a giant baobab, the tree Livingstone likened to an upturned carrot.’
    • ‘Named after the African baobab tree, Vocal Baobab is one of the busiest and most popular folklore troupes in Havana, Cuba.’
    • ‘Even the ostrich squawk as they make their way across the sandvelt to open marshlands and savannahs dotted with acacia, baobab trees and wild sage bushes.’
    • ‘On the other hand, several tropical species of flowering plant, such as the African baobab tree and the Australian ironwood, rely on fruitbats to pollinate them.’


Mid 17th century probably from an African language; first recorded in Latin (1592), in a treatise on the plants of Egypt by the Italian botanist Prosper Alpinus.