aca·​cia | \ ə-ˈkā-shə How to pronounce acacia (audio) \

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

Examples of acacia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the African bush in southern Kenya, Lucy King watched an elephant nicknamed Mohican rest under an acacia tree, seemingly nonplussed by an overhead beehive. Cari Shane, Scientific American, 27 Sep. 2021 The same shade of blush as Christiansen’s house, the sustainable wine is aged in acacia barrels near San Luis Obispo by the winemaker Kamee Knutson, and has notes of strawberry, hibiscus, frangipani and honey. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Transform your backyard into the perfect place to entertain with the addition of this acacia dining set. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The set comes with four square plates and one larger rectangle plate that all nestle together onto an acacia serving tray. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Apr. 2021 My tip: hit up the Karen Blixen Museum, which is in the same part of town, then swing by for lunch, cocktails, or a traditional nyama choma barbecue at one of the tables in view of the acacia trees. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Apr. 2021 The authorities found the teenager’s body in October, in a shallow grave on the northern edge of San Fernando, past a stand of acacia trees. New York Times, 6 Dec. 2020 This weathered acacia dining set would fit nicely in any modern minimalist home. Myia Leather Pushback Recliner for $926.10 with coupon code BLKFRI (Save $362.90): This leather recliner is available in plenty of contemporary colors. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2020 Ikea’s Applaro line of garden furniture is made from durable acacia and eucalyptus wood. David Syrek,, 26 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of acacia was in the 14th century

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“Acacia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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


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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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