acacia

noun

aca·​cia ə-ˈkā-shə How to pronounce acacia (audio)
1
[Middle English acacia, acacie "astringent gum made from the juice of green plums or sloes," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French acasie, acacie "juice of plums or sloes," borrowed from Medieval Latin acacia, going back to Latin "gum arabic"] : gum arabic
2
: any of a large genus (Acacia) of leguminous shrubs and trees of warm regions with leaves pinnate or reduced to phyllodes and white or yellow flower clusters

Examples of acacia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This set of acacia wood trays is ideal for serving up appetizers or laying beneath other decor like a picture frame or a small planter. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 16 June 2024 Only instead of taking place in a suburban convention center, it's held in a delightfully classic, very remote tented camp in an acacia grove overlooking a water hole with a resident hippo. Jesse Ashlock, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024 By Alison Van Houten May 30, 2024 7:29 AM EDT Charcoal often comes from South America under dubious environmental circumstances, but Good Charcoal Company’s products are sourced from overgrown Namibian acacia, which reduces biodiversity and groundwater recharge when left unchecked. Alison Van Houten, TIME, 30 May 2024 Its solid acacia wood surface and black metal frame lend the table a minimalist feel. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 Each armrest is made from sustainable and naturally water-resistant acacia wood and the base of the sectional is made from all-weather rattan that can withstand everything from the harsh sun to the rain. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2024 This four-piece acacia wood set can make that happen almost instantly. Melissa Epifano, Peoplemag, 20 Apr. 2024 Thorny acacia trees are sparsely scattered in the grassland. T. Michael Anderson, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 The 13-inch platter is made of sturdy, water-resistant acacia wood. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin, "a species of Acacia, gum arabic," borrowed from Greek akakía "a plant of the Acacia genus (probably A. nilotica), acacia extract" of obscure origin

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acacia was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Acacia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acacia. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

acacia

noun
aca·​cia ə-ˈkā-shə How to pronounce acacia (audio)
1
2
: any of numerous shrubs and trees of the legume family that grow in warm areas and have white or yellow flower clusters

Medical Definition

acacia

noun
aca·​cia ə-ˈkā-shə How to pronounce acacia (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of woody leguminous plants of warm regions having pinnate leaves and white or yellow flower clusters see catechu
2
: any of the genus Acacia of leguminous plants
3

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