noun, often attributive
arab·​i·​ca | \ ə-ˈra-bə-kə How to pronounce arabica (audio) \

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

Examples of arabica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Colombia, the country that invented arabica snobbery, a small group of pioneers are breaking with tradition and experimenting with the plants. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Why Does Your Coffee Taste Like Tires? A Battle Brews Between Beans," 16 Dec. 2018 Choose from a sweeter, fruity arabica blend or a bolder, nuttier robusta, along with filters and hand grinders to prepare coffee in the traditional Vietnamese fashion. NBC News, "Order these delicious artisanal Asian snacks for summer," 18 May 2020 The coffee bean comes in two basic families, arabica and the inferior (though easier to grow) robusta. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The War on Coffee," 20 Apr. 2020 Coffea arabica is a picky plant, willing to grow only in the narrowest range of conditions: Sunlight, water, drainage, and even altitude all have to be just so. Michael Pollan, The Atlantic, "Capitalism’s Favorite Drug," 6 Apr. 2020 Coffee offerings include a Briggo blend, which use arabica beans from Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil, as well as Whole Foods’ house brand, Allegro Coffee. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Robot barista to make grocery store debut in Houston," 17 Oct. 2019 The beans used here are imported directly from Vietnam and are a mixture of robusta and arabica beans. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Vietnamese Egg Coffee Is Taking North America by Storm–but What Is It?," 3 Aug. 2019 Dark-roasted whole beans, a blend of arabica and robusta, are now available to purchase separately. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019 That one more frivolous scolding about an innocuous activity could be averted is a small victory for reason, which amounts to more than a hill of arabica beans in this crazy world. Josh Gohlke,, "Last Word: Coffee reprieve grounds for celebration," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of arabica

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arabica

New Latin, specific epithet of Coffea arabica, from Latin, feminine of Arabicus Arabian

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“Arabica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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