BAOBAB

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BAOBAB, or BAHOBAB ; a tree (adansonia digitata, Wild.). It is the largest production of the whole vegetable kingdom. The trunk is not above 12 feet high, but it is from 60 to 85 feet round ; the weight of the lower branches bends them to the ground, so that they form a hemispherical mass of verdure about 120, sometimes 150, feet in diameter. The flowers are in proportion to the size of the tree, and followed by a fruit, about 10 inches long. When dry, the pulp, by which the seeds are surrounded, is powdered, and brought to Europe from the Levant, under the name of terra sigillata lemnia ; the seeds are called goui.