Definition of arabica
1 : an evergreen shrub or tree (Coffea arabica) yielding seeds that produce a high-quality coffee and form a large portion of the coffee of commerce
2 : the seeds of arabica especially roasted and often ground
Recent Examples of arabica from the Web
The coffea arabica tree, the species that produces 70 percent of the world’s coffee, likes to be at between 64 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, a range usually found in the highlands of equator-hugging countries like Brazil and Indonesia.
Land suitable to grow the arabica beans favored by Starbucks Corp. and other specialty roasters will be cut in half worldwide by 2050, according to the World Coffee Research institute, a group sponsored by the industry.
Leaf rust, a fungal disease that affects both arabica and robusta plants, is also devastating the industry.
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Origin and Etymology of arabica
New Latin, specific epithet of Coffea arabica, from Latin, feminine of Arabicus Arabian
First Known Use: 1882See Words from the same year
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