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Definition of jacaranda

: any of a genus (Jacaranda) of tropical American trees of the bignonia family with bipinnate leaves and panicles of showy usually blue flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web One last plastic lawn chair remained open under the shade of a jacaranda tree, and the man in the next seat over nodded toward it. Eric Barton, orlandosentinel.com, "Postcard from the edge of a pandemic," 11 Apr. 2021 Three jacarandas are now planted on a large field next to Lakeside Middle School LAKESIDE — Three of the nearly two dozen jacaranda trees slated to be cut down on Friday to make way for a new library in Lakeside were given a second chance at life. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lakeside school district, county team up with locals to save trees," 9 Apr. 2021 In Your Pocket, a popular events guide that runs an annual jacaranda photo competition. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Outsiders turned icons, South Africa’s jacarandas spring into bloom," 3 Nov. 2020 The hue blended in with trees blooming with purplish jacaranda flowers. Dallas News, "Millions of women skip work, many march to protest violence and demand equality in Mexico," 9 Mar. 2020 Bright blue jacaranda trees brighten the courtyards, and everywhere cleaners with mops attack the grime of the city. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 For whites, even in war, Rhodesia was caught in a time warp of country clubs and drinks at sunset on shaded terraces scented by bougainvillea and jacaranda. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Mugabe’s Reign Began With Bob Marley and Good Schools. Despotism Soon Followed.," 6 Sep. 2019 The curbside carrotwood, magnolia, jacaranda, liquid amber and podocarpus trees have not been stolen. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Whodunit? Case of the missing downtown San Diego trees," 9 Aug. 2019 As hummingbirds dart among arbutus trees, the gardenias and carissa flowering beneath a jacaranda scent the air near the door. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "A tranquil garden getaway amid the hustle and bustle of Westwood," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of jacaranda

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jacaranda

New Latin, from Portuguese jacarandá a tree of this genus, from Tupi jakaraná, jakarandá

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“Jacaranda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jacaranda. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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