an·​a·​ca·​hui·​ta | \ ˌanəkəˈwētə \
variants: or anacahuite \ " , -​ēˌtā \
plural -s

Definition of anacahuita

: a small aromatic tree (Cordia boissieri) found in Texas and Mexico, having yellowish white flowers, and used medicinally

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First Known Use of anacahuita

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anacahuita

borrowed from Mexican Spanish anacahuita, anacahuite, nacahuita, nacahuite, probably borrowed from Nahuatl āmacuahuitl “tree (as Ficus insipida and related species) from which bark for paper is obtained,” from āmatl “paper” + cuahuitl “tree”

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“Anacahuita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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