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.
The favourite sites for nests in the United Provinces seem to be babul trees that grow near borrow pits alongside the railroad.
A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar
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
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
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
Baber. (Zahir ed-Din Mohammed) 1483–1530, founder of the Mogul Empire. Historical Examples The tomb of Babur Shah, just outside Kabul, is also becoming dilapidated. At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray Babur was old enough before Umars death to profit by the sight of his father enjoying the perusal of such books. The […]
a Hindu title of address equivalent to Sir, Mr., or Esquire. a Hindu gentleman. a native Indian clerk who can write English. Usually Disparaging. any native Indian having only a limited knowledge of English. Historical Examples All we babus talk English to show off,’ said Hurree, flinging his shoulder-cloth jauntily. Kim Rudyard Kipling Once upon […]
a woman’s scarf, often triangular, used as a hood with two of the ends tied under the chin. an elderly Russian woman, especially an elderly grandmother. Historical Examples “Take me back, babushka,” I could hear his shaken voice imploring. The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer She moved closer to the old woman, and said affably: “babushka […]
- Babuyan islands
a group of islands in the Philippines, N of Luzon. 225 sq. mi. (580 sq. km).