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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 Ikea’s Applaro line of garden furniture is made from durable acacia and eucalyptus wood. David Syrek,, "Don’t give up on the outdoor season just yet. Here are 8 great ways to make summer last a while longer.," 26 Sep. 2020 In your kitchen, place this round acacia-wood serving tray ($45, originally $69) in the center of your counter with a floral arrangement and this chicly packaged Voluspa candle ($12, originally $18)., "Nordstrom’s Home Section Is the Most Underrated Part of the Anniversary Sale — Shop Deals Starting at $4," 25 Aug. 2020 Mating pairs build nest of sticks together, usually in an acacia tree. National Geographic, "Secretary birds," 26 June 2020 In his meeting, Klein urged Israel’s forest leaders to consider planting acacia trees, normally found in the Sahara, in place of pine and cypress. Michael Quinton, National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 28 May 2020 As well as including classic gin flavorings like juniper and coriander, Indlovu Gin takes its taste from extracts of the elephants' diet of roots, grasses, fruit and bark -- including aloe and acacia. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "Why this South African gin is made with elephant dung," 22 Jan. 2020 Your hips and shoulders are level with the tops of many acacia trees, which to shorter mammals are the world’s ceiling. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020 Finally, by a thicket of acacia trees, the legionnaires spotted a turbaned suspect in flip-flops, carrying an AK-47, who set off at a sprint and melted away in the distance. Ruth Maclean, New York Times, "Crisis in The Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War," 29 Mar. 2020 But in the 1980s, concession holders started to dig drainage canals through peatlands to float out logs and dry out the peat to plant dryland crops, especially oil palm and acacia trees for pulp and paper. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Indonesia's fires are bad, but new measures prevented them from becoming worse," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Oct 2020

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“Acacia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce acacia (audio) \

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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