boojum tree

[ boo-juh m ]
/ ˈbu dʒəm /


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

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019