arab·​i·​ca ə-ˈra-bə-kə How to pronounce arabica (audio)
often attributive
: 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
: the seeds of arabica especially roasted and often ground

Examples of arabica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The do-good brand launches today online and at Target and Sprouts grocery stores with 100 percent arabica coffee in light, medium and dark roasts. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Jan. 2024 The brand offers instant coffee, pods, whole beans, and grounds, and launched with 100 percent arabica coffee in light, medium, and dark roasts. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 30 Jan. 2024 And since the pandemic began, the commodity price of arabica beans has risen more than 40 percent, dropping slightly this year to $1.46 a pound in September. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2023 Overall, the commodity price for arabica coffee has jumped more than 40 percent since before the pandemic, climbing even further last year and dropping slightly this year. Emily Wright, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 The goal is to develop varieties that taste like arabica but are more resilient, like other varieties. Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN, 3 Oct. 2023 It's made from 100% arabica coffee, which is often considered the higher quality pick between the world's two most common coffees, arabica and robusta. Rachel Baron,, 6 Apr. 2023 Robusta prices have surged much faster this year than those for smoother-tasting arabica. Will Horner, WSJ, 10 June 2023 Starbucks offers several drinks – including a latte, a shaken espresso and an iced cortado – made with arabica coffee and Partanna cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil – and customers can also buy the olive oil separately. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 6 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of arabica was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Arabica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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