A small tropical African tree which bears oily nuts from which shea butter is obtained.
Vitellaria paradoxa (or Butyrospermum parkii), family Sapotaceae‘The tradition is passed on from medicine women and the male herbal doctors: at birth, babies are covered by the midwife in shea butter, made from the nuts of the shea tree.’
- ‘Shea butter, which is extracted from shea tree nuts found in West Africa, is said to be ‘one of the best all-natural beauty products that nature offers.’’
Late 18th century from Mande sye.
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