Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several related trees, such as the locust.
  • n. A light to moderate greenish yellow with a hint of red. acacia colour:    
  • n. A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. The inspissated juice of several species of acacia; -- called also gum acacia, and gum arabic.

from The 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.
  • n. A plant of the genus Acacia.
  • n. The popular name of several plants of other genera.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek akakia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The thorny acacia is a good property protecting plant.

    Boost safety: Security plantings protect homes

  • You are right, it is called acacia, but it's not a "true" acacia, like mimosas are.

    Tree of Mystery

  • Where I come fromOdessa,Ukraine these trees are called acacia trees and they fill the wholy city with their head spinning aroma in June.

    Tree of Mystery

  • Secondly, then, the acacia is a symbol of INNOCENCE.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • 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.

    Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California

  • 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.

    Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia

  • 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.

    ConfectioneryNews RSS

  • 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.

    Living White Chocolate Perfume

  • 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.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • 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.

    Southern Arabia

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.