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

  • n. An acacia (Acacia koa) native to Hawaii having flowers arranged in axillary racemes and small sickle-shaped leaves.
  • n. The light-to-dark brown or reddish wood of this tree, used for furniture, crafts, cabinetry, and musical instruments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Acacia koa, a species of large tree in the family Fabaceae which is endemic to and common on the islands of Hawaii; or the wood of this tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common and very valuable forest-tree of the Sandwich Islands, Acacia Koa.


Hawaiian, from Proto-Polynesian *to'a, ironwood tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hawaiian koa. (Wiktionary)



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