from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tree of the genus Bassia, the seeds of which yield a substance closely resembling butter. The butter tree of India is the Bassia butyracea; that of Africa is the Shea tree (Bassia Parkii). See Shea tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A species of Bassia, found in Africa, which yields a substance like butter; the shea-tree. See shea.


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