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shea

[shee, shey]
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noun
  1. shea tree.

Origin of shea

1799; said to be < Bambara si (shea is Mungo Park's spelling)
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Historical Examples

  • The lieutenant supposed it to be Shea, probably, and opened it himself.

    Marion's Faith.

    Charles King

  • Shea went for the doctor and Hogan to call Lieutenant Blake.

    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

  • Then Mr. Shea's feelings became too strong for his self-control.

    Hyacinth

    George A. Birmingham


British Dictionary definitions for shea

shea

noun
  1. a tropical African sapotaceous tree, Butyrospermum parkii, with oily seeds
  2. 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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