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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 of jacaranda
1745-1755
1745-55; < Portuguese jacarandá < Tupi yacarandá
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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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