A large, potbellied tree from the bombax family (Adansonia digitata) native to tropical Africa. Fibers obtained from the peeled bark of the baobab tree are used for making cloth, rope, and paper. The soft, easily carved timber has been used for many functional items. The baobab tree also produces a large, gourd-like fruit whose woody shell has been carved into bowls, utensils, and ornamental items.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Adansonia digitata; baobab (Fr.); African baobab
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 578
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
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- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "baobab" Encyclopædia Britannica [Accessed April 5, 2002].