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macadamia

[mak-uh-dey-mee-uh] /ˌmæk əˈdeɪ mi ə/
noun
1.
any Australian tree of the genus Macadamia, especially M. ternifolia, having whorled leaves and elongated clusters of pink flowers.
2.
Also called macadamia nut. the edible, hard-shelled seed of this tree.
Also called Queensland nut.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < Neo-Latin, named after John Macadam (died 1865), Australian chemist; see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for macadamia-nut

macadamia

/ˌmækəˈdeɪmɪə/
noun
1.
any tree of the Australian proteaceous genus Macadamia, esp M. ternifolia, having clusters of small white flowers and edible nutlike seeds
2.
macadamia nut, the seed of this tree
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after John Macadam (1827–1865), Australian chemist
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Word Origin and History for macadamia-nut

macadamia

n.

Australian evergreen tree, 1904, from Modern Latin (1858), named for Scotland-born chemist Dr. John Macadam (1827-1865), secretary of the Victoria Philosophical Institute, Australia.

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