\ ˈkō-ə How to pronounce koa (audio) \

Definition of koa

1 : a Hawaiian timber tree (Acacia koa) with crescent-shaped phyllodes and pale yellow flowers borne in small round heads
2 : the fine-grained red wood of the koa used especially for furniture

Examples of koa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other pathways in the park, like the easy 1.2-mile Kipukapuaulu Trail, which cuts through an old koa and ohia forest, are often uncrowded, even during summer and fall months. Catherine Toth Fox, Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2020 While Junior and Tani track down the thief who robbed his parents’ home, the team investigates the murder of a beloved philanthropist and the theft of his ultra-valuable koa tree. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2019 Ted’s collection of Hawaiian koa wood is used in dramatic features throughout the house. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 31 Aug. 2019 The kitchen has custom birds-eye maple and koa cabinets and a unique lighting system that features red Venetian glass. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 31 Aug. 2019 In the lobby of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, a wooden koa canoe—more than 100 years old and named Kaukahi—reflects the lights of the room in its highly polished surface. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, 12 Aug. 2019 The living room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the views, and vintage Hawaiian koa-style lounge chairs designed by Sottsass (the art and decor are available for purchase as a separate sale). Megan Barber, Curbed, 3 Oct. 2018 American acacias range from Hawaii’s famous koa trees to Southwestern desert shrubs. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 16 Feb. 2018 Imported Acacia koa wood from the Hawaiian islands is used throughout the home. sandiegouniontribune.com, 25 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of koa

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Koa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/koa. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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