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acacia

[uh-key-shuh] /əˈkeɪ ʃə/
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
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin < Greek akakía Egyptian thorn
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  • 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.
  • acacia beetles taken from branches have their legs plucked and are popped in the bag too.
  • acacia pied barbet feeding on the pollen and nectar in this flower.
  • We made our way along the ridge back to the acacia flats along lake's edge.
  • Beyond these stands an acacia, smooth and bending in places, then again various other shapes and names.
  • One study found that they avoid eating a type of acacia tree that is home to ants.
  • There is a wide lawn and a copse of acacia, oak and eucalyptus trees.
British Dictionary definitions for acacia

acacia

/əˈkeɪʃə/
noun
1.
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 See also wattle1 (sense 4)
2.
false acacia, another name for locust (sense 2), locust (sense 3)
3.
gum acacia, another name for gum arabic
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek akakia, perhaps related to akē point
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Word Origin and History for acacia
n.

1540s, from Latin acacia, from Greek akakia "thorny Egyptian tree," perhaps related to Greek ake "point, thorn," from PIE root *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Or perhaps a Hellenization of some Egyptian word. From late 14c. in English as the name of a type of gum used as an astringent, etc.

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acacia in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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