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( shea butter usually , uncountable plural )
A slightly yellowish or ivory-colored natural fat extracted from fruit of the shea tree ( ) by Vitellaria paradoxa crushing and boiling, widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and an emollient, as a cooking oil in West Africa, and sometimes used in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter.
, 1799 Mungo Park, chapter XXI, in Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, page : 279 About two o'clock in the afternoon, a sort of hasty pudding, with a little Shea butter, is the common meal; but the supper constitutes the principal repast, and is seldom ready before midnight. , Brenda Chalfin, 2004 Shea Butter Republic, Psychology Press, , →ISBN page : 179 Shea butter is sold by hundreds of small firms who package and reformulate the butter under their own labels, purporting to by-pass the depersonalizing tendencies of mass-production and mass-marketing. [ … ]
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