jacaranda

noun
jac·​a·​ran·​da | \ ˌja-kə-ˈran-də How to pronounce jacaranda (audio) \

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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Violet jacaranda trees and bougainvillea flowers of radiant pink and royal purple are in full bloom. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "In central Mexico, a retreat that’s perfect for families," 14 June 2019 The cherry blossoms that have made Washington, D.C. even more of a tourist hotspot have finally met their West Coast counterpart—purple jacaranda mimosifolia trees. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Purple Jacaranda Trees Are the New Cherry Blossom, I'm Calling It," 5 June 2019 Bougainvillea vines and jacaranda petals spill onto every street. Anna Deutsch, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From…Oaxaca, Mexico," 22 May 2019 That property was filled with cypress, eucalyptus, palms, and jacaranda—and, along the way, was re-dubbed Balboa Park. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The History of Those Beautiful Jacaranda Trees in Bloom Around L.A.," 15 May 2018 The olive and jacaranda trees look as if they were trucked in from a nursery the week before. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Most of the jacarandas seen in L.A. are Jacaranda mimosifolia, one of the 49 different types of flowering jacaranda trees. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The History of Those Beautiful Jacaranda Trees in Bloom Around L.A.," 15 May 2018 Now my mother is making over the garden in rambling color, overwriting its history, once again, with olive trees, a fig, kitchen herbs, and a jacaranda. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Walking Through the Past Into New Motherhood," 10 Apr. 2018 Or perhaps the apartment that MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach actually, literally lives in, with a jacaranda tree. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Ikea and Stampd Are Making Home Goods for Hypebeasts," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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