[jak-uh-ran-duh, -ran-dah]
any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Jacaranda, of the catalpa family, having showy clusters of usually purplish flowers.
any of various related or similar trees.
the often fragrant, ornamental wood of any of these trees.

1745–55; < Portuguese jacarandá < Tupi yacarandá

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jacaranda (ˌdʒækəˈrændə)
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
[C18: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yacarandá]

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Example sentences
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.
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