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

  • n. Any of several tropical American trees or shrubs of the genus Jacaranda, having pinnately compound, opposite leaves and panicles of pale purple flowers with funnel-shaped corollas.
  • n. The wood of this tree or a wood similar to it.

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  • n. Any of several trees, of the genus Jacaranda, from tropical South America, that have pale purple, funnel-shaped flowers
  • n. The hard, dark wood of these trees


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

Portuguese jacarandá, from Tupi, having a hard core, hard branch.

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From Portuguese jacarandá, from Old Tupi yacaranda.


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