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 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 Death Wish is billed as the world's strongest coffee, made from a blend of organic, fair-trade robusta and arabica beans primarily from India and Peru, which contain 200 percent more caffeine than the average coffee blend. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Death Wish Coffee, world's strongest coffee, coming to Walmart in Arizona," 26 Apr. 2018 Mokhtar imagines himself one of those adventurers, aiming first to revive Yemen’s 500-year-old coffee culture and then to export its high-quality arabica beans. Ghaith Abdul-ahad, New York Times, "The Coffee-Flavored American Dream," 30 Mar. 2018 Kenya accounts for just 1 percent of the global crop, but its high-quality arabica beans are sought-after for blending with other varieties. Duncan Miriri, The Christian Science Monitor, "Nestle offers aid to struggling Kenyan coffee farmers," 21 Mar. 2018 That would raise global supplies of mild arabica beans by about 13 percent. Marcy Nicholson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Where conflict once reigned in Colombia, coffee beans now grow," 20 Oct. 2017

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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