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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 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 Reggio Calabria, destroyed in an earthquake in 1908, then heavily bombed by the Allies in World War II, still retains the atmosphere of a tropical, laid-back port with its twisted banyan and blooming jacaranda trees. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 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

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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