aca·cia | \ə-ˈkā-shə \

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

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In addition, these fast-growing acacias tend to take care of themselves. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "This sure sign of (almost) spring offers drought relief, too," 16 Feb. 2018 Still other plants, like acacia, have seeds that germinate only after exposure to fire or smoke. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, "Why the Forest Doesn’t Fear the Fire," 22 Jan. 2018 Past the odd acacia tree and lone ostrich and pair of giraffes in the distance, rising from the ground like elegant, blinking sculptures. Rachel Levin, WSJ, "The Toughest Half-Marathon You’ll Want to Plan a Trip Around," 3 July 2018 Sliding shoji-style doors lead to an airy room with an acacia-wood floor and a sleeping loft. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Tree Houses for Grown-Ups," 3 May 2018 The resulting wine is fragrant, light- to medium-bodied and dry, the acacia adding floral, smoky and caramel notes to the wine’s basically citric flavor. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 The remainder of the trip will be highlighted by daily walking safaris and game drives, an exclusive nighttime safari, three-course dinners of cuisine, village visits, and a picnic lunch under an acacia tree in the Savannah. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Three nights in Kenya for $1,420," 24 Apr. 2018 Garden tours have been a spring and summer season favorite seemingly since early hominids first descended from the trees of a West African savannah and started rearranging acacia trees in artful patterns. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Four must-see home and garden tours to experience in Louisville this spring," 12 Apr. 2018 Residents of La Presa, a community of 300 surrounding a bluish lake at the center of town that is hidden by mesquite and sweet acacia trees, buy bottled water for drinking. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "In South Texas, tens of thousands live in border enclaves without water, power or certainty of their future," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of acacia

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of acacia

: a shrub or tree that grows in warm regions and that has white or yellow flowers


aca·cia | \ə-ˈkā-shə \

Medical Definition of acacia 

1 capitalized : a genus of woody leguminous plants of warm regions having pinnate leaves and white or yellow flower clusters — see catechu

2 : any of the genus Acacia of leguminous plants

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