jac·​a·​ran·​da ˌja-kə-ˈran-də How to pronounce jacaranda (audio)
: any of a genus (Jacaranda) of tropical American trees of the bignonia family with bipinnate leaves and panicles of showy usually blue flowers

Examples of jacaranda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time last year, dozens of jacarandas at the Morley Field Disc Golf Course in Balboa Park were in full bloom, creating an aromatic, light purple canopy throughout the course. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2023 The blooming of jacarandas often signals the start of pre-summer, the most hopeful time of year. Mark Gozonsky, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2023 Opening next month, Hotel Corazón sits on 12 acres planted with ancient palm, jacaranda, olive and citrus trees; the property is also home to a working farm. New York Times, 1 May 2023 Similar to the jacaranda, the tree also blooms with flowers — in its case, beautiful yellow ones. Jacqueline Pinedo, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2022 Elsewhere in the country, city streets in Johannesburg are blooming with jacaranda trees. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Jan. 2022 Despite the jacaranda’s popularity, Carrie likes another tree better. Jacqueline Pinedo, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2022 The jacaranda tree produces foot-long clusters of blooms measuring about two inches apiece. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 27 June 2022 The hues range from bright purple jacaranda trees and stunning hot pink city sunsets to gray concrete structures and dark city streets. Holly Jones, Variety, 15 June 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jacaranda was circa 1753

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“Jacaranda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jacaranda. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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