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jacaranda

[jak-uh-ran-duh, -ran-dah] /ˌdʒæk əˈræn də, -rænˈdɑ/
noun
1.
any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Jacaranda, of the catalpa family, having showy clusters of usually purplish flowers.
2.
any of various related or similar trees.
3.
the often fragrant, ornamental wood of any of these trees.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Portuguese jacarandá < Tupi yacarandá
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  • For kids from barren shanty towns, the zoo can provide their first experience of sitting on a lawn surrounded by jacaranda trees.
  • Good advice here, especially from zombie and jacaranda.
  • In the spring you should photograph the purple blooms of the jacaranda trees.
  • Bright sheets of sunlight on the hills, flowers along the road bunching their colours, the jacaranda trees stained a pale purple.
  • The altar is a two-story arch of jacaranda and cedar, gilt with gold.
  • It's worth peeking in to see the huge ornate jacaranda-wood altar.
  • Nearly a century ago, city fathers began planting tropical jacaranda trees along the city's main avenues and in its parks.
British Dictionary definitions for jacaranda

jacaranda

/ˌdʒækəˈrændə/
noun
1.
any bignoniaceous tree of the tropical American genus Jacaranda, having fernlike leaves and pale purple flowers and widely cultivated in temperate areas of Australia
2.
the fragrant ornamental wood of any of these trees
3.
any of several related or similar trees or their wood
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yacarandá
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Word Origin and History for jacaranda
n.

tropical American tree, 1753, from Portuguese jacarandá, from Tupi yacaranda.

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