2. Any substance resembling butter in degree of consistence, or other qualities, especially, in old chemistry, the chloridess, as butter of antimony, sesquichloride of antimony; also, certain concrete fat oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures, as butter of cacao, vegetable butter, shea butter.
(Science: botany) butter and eggs, a tree of the genus Bassia, the seeds of which yield a substance closely resembling butter. The butter tree of india is the B. Butyracea; that of Africa is the shea tree (B. Parkii). See shea tree. Butter trier, a tool used in sampling butter. Butter wife, a woman who makes or sells butter.
Synonym: butter woman.