American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various often spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia in the pea family, having alternate, bipinnately compound leaves or leaves represented by flattened leafstalks and heads or spikes of small flowers.
- n. Any of several other leguminous plants, such as the rose acacia.
- n. See gum arabic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of shrubby or arboreous plants, natural order Leguminosæ, suborder Mimoseæ, natives of the warm regions of both hemispheres, especially of Australia and Africa. It numbers about 430 species, and is the largest genus of the order, excepting Astragalus. It is distinguished by small regular flowers in globose heads or cylindrical spikes, and very numerous free stamens. The leaves are bipinnate, or in very many of the Australian species are reduced to phyllodia, with their edges always vertical. Several species are valuable for the gum which they exude. The bark and pods are frequently used in tanning, and the aqueous extract of the wood of some Indian species forms the catechu of commerce. Many species furnish excellent timber, and many others are cultivated for ornament —A. Farnesiana both for ornament and for the perfume of its flowers.
- n. A plant of the genus Acacia.
- n. The popular name of several plants of other genera. The green-barked acacia of Arizona is Parkinsonia Torreyana. False and bastard acacia are names sometimes applied to the locust-tree, Robinia Pseudacacia. The rose or bristly acacia is Robinia hispida. The name three-thorned acacia is sometimes given to the honey-locust, Gleditschia triacantha.
- n. In medicine, the inspissated juice of several species of Acacia, popularly known as gum arabic (which see, under gum). A name given by antiquaries to an object resembling a roll of cloth, seen in the hands of consuls and emperors of the Lower Empire as represented on medals. It is supposed to have been unfurled by them at festivals as a signal for the games to begin.
- n. loosely Any of several related trees, such as the locust.
- n. A light to moderate greenish yellow with a hint of red. . acacia colour:
- n. history, classical studies A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Antiq.) A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.
- n. A genus of leguminous trees and shrubs. Nearly 300 species are Australian or Polynesian, and have terete or vertically compressed leaf stalks, instead of the bipinnate leaves of the much fewer species of America, Africa, etc. Very few are found in temperate climates.
- n. (Med.) The inspissated juice of several species of acacia; -- called also
gum acacia, and gum arabic.
- n. any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia
- Unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin, from Greek akakia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The thorny acacia is a good property protecting plant.”
“You are right, it is called acacia, but it's not a "true" acacia, like mimosas are.”
“Where I come fromOdessa,Ukraine these trees are called acacia trees and they fill the wholy city with their head spinning aroma in June.”
“Secondly, then, the acacia is a symbol of INNOCENCE.”
“She is worshipped chiefly by women; but some of the workers on the railroad begged branches of the feathery yellow acacia, which is now in bloom, to carry with them to the temple in San Francisco.”
“Their course is marked by an acacia, which is somewhat analogous in its general characteristics to the common wattle; a few are favoured with some box trees, but we only found water in one.”
“The supply of gum arabic, also known as acacia gum as it comes from acacia trees in the gum belt of Africa, is variable due to climatic factors and ongoing political unrest in the countries where it is sourced, such as Sudan and Nigeria.”
“I keep on coming back to acacias including one false acacia which is actually a kind of honeylocust, but seems to be native to North America, which means the Israel location is not likely.”
“The adjacent country is perfectly flat, but covered with open forest and bush, with abundance of grass; the trees generally are a kind of acacia called “Monato”, which appears a little to the south of this region, and is common as far as Angola.”
“They used also to beat the dried leaf of a kind of acacia called _kharrad_, and, when pounded, make of it a paste which has a beautiful pea-green appearance; it is used for giving a polish to leather.”
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