- a solid, greenish, yellowish, or whitish fat derived from the seeds of the shea tree, used for food and in the manufacture of soaps and candles.
Origin of shea butter
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for shea butter
Coffee and tobacco of good quality are cultivated and shea-butter is largely used as an illuminant.
Minor exports are coffee, “country cloths,” maize, shea-butter and ivory.