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boojum tree

[ boo-juh m ]
/ ˈbu dʒəm /

noun

a tree, Idria columnaris, native to Baja California, having spreading spiny branches, deciduous leaves, and yellow flowers.

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Nearby words

boogie-woogie, boogieman, boohai, boohoo, boojie, boojum tree, book, book bag, book burning, book club, book clubs

Origin of boojum tree

1960–65; after the boojum, an imaginary creature invented by Lewis Carroll in the poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876)
Also called cirio.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019