acacia

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noun aca·cia \ə-ˈkā-shə\

Definition of acacia

  1. 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. 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

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 century


ACACIA Defined for English Language Learners

acacia

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noun aca·cia \ə-ˈkā-shə\

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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acacia

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noun aca·cia \ə-ˈkā-shə\

Medical Definition of acacia

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

  2. 2:  any of the genus Acacia of leguminous plants

  3. 3:  gum arabic


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