Definition of shea in English:

shea

(also shea tree)

Pronunciation: /SHē//SHā/

noun

  • A small tropical African tree that bears oily nuts from which shea butter is obtained.

    • ‘The tradition is passed on from medicine women and the male herbal doctors: at birth, babies are covered by the midwife in shea butter, made from the nuts of the shea tree.’
    • ‘Shea butter, which is extracted from shea tree nuts found in West Africa, is said to be ‘one of the best all-natural beauty products that nature offers.’’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Mande sye.

Pronunciation:

shea

/SHē//SHā/