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boo·jum

or boo·jum tree  (bo͞o′jəm)
n.
A deciduous tree (Fouquieria columnaris) native to northern Mexico and found chiefly in Baja California, having a thick tapering columnar trunk, slender spiny branches, and yellow flowers.

[After the Boojum, an imaginary character in the poem The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll.]
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boojum

(ˈbuːdzəm)
n
a geometric pattern found on the surface of helium-3a species of tree native to Mexico
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