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A tropical African and South Asian tree (Acacia nilotica) of the pea family that yields a gum similar to gum arabic and whose bark is used in tanning.

[Persian bābul.]




(Plants) 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
[from Persian babūl; related to Sanskrit babbūla]


(bəˈbul, ˈbɑ bul)

an acacia tree, Acacia nilotica, of tropical Africa, that yields gum arabic, tannin, and a hard wood.
[1815–25; orig., a S Asian subspecies < Hindi babūl < Persian]
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5 -- Union minister Babul Supriyo treats his ministership as his second child: one who may have come in late but is loved none the less.
When people of his constituency expressed fears that his being inducted as minister might mean his neglecting his parliamentary constituency, Babul, in his inimitable style, told them to calm down.
Babul is an MP from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
With his induction as a minister in the second round of cabinet formation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in November, Babul at 44 is probably his youngest minister.
I met Babul in his Ashoka Hotel suite before his induction in Modi's cabinet.
Surprisingly, it was at that point in time that Babul told me that there was a "buzz" of his being a minister.
Babul had, after joining politics early this year, taken two giant leaps: was elected as an MP and became a part of the Union cabinet.
It is a well-known story and one that Babul confirmed to me that Baba Ramdev was instrumental in putting him in touch with the BJP.
By the time they landed in Mumbai, Babul had not only expressed his desire to contest the elections but also asked Ramdev to help out.
It is, therefore, not without reason that Babul calls Ramdev his "political guru".
Politics is like the sand that slips in and fills gaps in people's lives," Babul says.
Babul is a well-known singer and has worked in several Bollywood films.