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shea butter

  1. a solid, greenish, yellowish, or whitish fat derived from the seeds of the shea tree, used for food and in the manufacture of soaps and candles.
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Origin of shea butter

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for shea butter

Historical Examples

  • Coffee and tobacco of good quality are cultivated and shea-butter is largely used as an illuminant.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 1


  • Minor exports are coffee, “country cloths,” maize, shea-butter and ivory.