[ buh-bool, bah-bool ]
/ bəˈbul, ˈbɑ bul /


any of several leguminous trees of the genus Acacia that yield a gum, especially A. nilotica, of tropical Africa.
the gum, pods, or bark of such a tree.

Origin of babul

1815–25; < Hindi babūl < Persian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for babul

  • The favourite sites for nests in the United Provinces seem to be babul trees that grow near borrow pits alongside the railroad.

  • Little islands dotted the surface, covered with rushes and date palms, the wild plum, and the babul—all growing thickly together.

    Banked Fires|E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • Toddy palms are most commonly chosen, but in Northern India, where palms are but rarely seen, a babul tree is usually utilised.

    Birds of the Plains|Douglas Dewar

British Dictionary definitions for babul

/ (bɑːˈbuːl, ˈbɑːbuːl) /


any of several leguminous trees of the genus Acacia, esp A. arabica of N Africa and India, which bear small yellow flowers and are a source of gum arabic, tannin, and hardwood

Word Origin for babul

from Persian babūl; related to Sanskrit babbūla
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