Definition of acacia
1 [Middle English acacia, acacie “astringent gum made from the juice of green plums or sloes,” borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French acasie, acacie “juice of plums or sloes,” borrowed from Medieval Latin acacia, going back to Latin “gum arabic”] : gum arabic
2 : any of a large genus (Acacia) of leguminous shrubs and trees of warm regions with leaves pinnate or reduced to phyllodes and white or yellow flower clusters
Recent Examples of acacia from the Web
Civil servants attached to the local government secretariat now work under an acacia tree just outside the ruins of their former offices.
There's also a 17-foot acacia wood table from Thailand.
A few steps away is the crowning jewel — a stunning 9-foot dining table made from authentic acacia wood.
Flowers are fleeting, so Grubb prefers plants like acacia and cotinus for their foliage.
Neat brick houses with flowering acacias out front are set among rolling fields of rapeseed and wheat.
The next day, from his chair under an acacia tree, Alfred shouts his commands as his sons set up a tent.
Giraffes use their height to good advantage and browse on leaves and buds in treetops that few other animals can reach (acacias are a favorite).
The wallpaper is blooming with the clients' favorite plants — royal poinciana, acacias, orchids, geraniums, kumquats — hand-painted on faint sky-blue tea paper.
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Origin and Etymology of acacia
borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin, “a species of Acacia, gum arabic,” borrowed from Greek akakía “a plant of the Acacia genus (probably A. nilotica), acacia extract” of obscure origin
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of acacia for English Language Learners
: a shrub or tree that grows in warm regions and that has white or yellow flowers
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