acacia

[uh-key-shuh]
noun
1.
a small tree or shrub belonging to the genus Acacia, of the mimosa family, having clusters of small yellow flowers.
2.
any of several other plants, as the locust tree.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin < Greek akakía Egyptian thorn

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acacia (əˈkeɪʃə)
 
n
1.  See also wattle any shrub or tree of the tropical and subtropical leguminous genus Acacia, having compound or reduced leaves and small yellow or white flowers in dense inflorescences
2.  false acacia locust another name for locust
3.  gum acacia another name for gum arabic
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek akakia, perhaps related to akē point]

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acacia
1540s, from L. acacia, from Gk. akakia "thorny Egyptian tree," probably related to Gk. ake "point, thorn," from PIE base *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Perhaps a Hellenization of some Egyptian word.
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Acacia definition


(Heb. shittim) Ex. 25:5, R.V. probably the Acacia seyal (the gum-arabic tree); called the "shittah" tree (Isa. 41:19). Its wood is called shittim wood (Ex. 26:15,26; 25:10,13,23,28, etc.). This species (A. seyal) is like the hawthorn, a gnarled and thorny tree. It yields the gum-arabic of commerce. It is found in abundance in the Sinaitic peninsula.

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Example sentences
They observed that the spiders ate nutrient-rich buds that grow on acacia
  plants.
For centuries the region supported savannahs full of wildlife, lush acacia
  forests, and areas so swampy they were uninhabitable.
Elephants eat small trees, such as acacia, that grow on the savanna.
He reached down, uprooted a small acacia tree, and stuffed it into his new
  friend's mouth.
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