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[shee, shey] /ʃi, ʃeɪ/
Origin of shea
1799; said to be < Bambara si (shea is Mungo Park's spelling) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • shea went for the doctor and Hogan to call Lieutenant Blake.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • The lieutenant supposed it to be shea, probably, and opened it himself.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • shea (the judge) was just as good and graceful, as he (the member) was bad and gawky.

  • It was Mr. shea and not his leader who resented this last insult.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • Mr. shea was not at all mollified either by the smile or the politeness of her tone.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • Then Mr. shea's feelings became too strong for his self-control.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • When shea was reasonably sure that he was alive, he looked at his mate.

    The Last Spike Cy Warman
British Dictionary definitions for shea


a tropical African sapotaceous tree, Butyrospermum parkii, with oily seeds
shea butter, the white butter-like fat obtained from the seeds of this plant and used as food, to make soaps, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Bambara si
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