1A tree, Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra (family Anacardiaceae), found in tropical and subtropical central and southern Africa, which has dark green, glossy foliage and an edible yellow fruit resembling a plum.
2The fruit of the marula tree, from which beer and other intoxicating liquors are brewed.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in David Livingstone (1813–1873), explorer and missionary. From Northern Sotho morula (plural merula) marula tree and marula, plural of lerula marula fruit; probably partly via Afrikaans maroela marula.