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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thorny shrub (Acacia farnesiana) of tropical and subtropical America, having clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers that yield an essential oil used in perfumery.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Texas, the opopanax, Acacia Farnesiana.

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

  • noun tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl huixachi, thorny, thorny tree : huitztli, thorn + ixachi, much, abundant.]

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