macadamia

[mak-uh-dey-mee-uh]
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:
1900–05; < Neo-Latin, named after John Macadam (died 1865), Australian chemist; see -ia

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macadamia (ˌmækəˈdeɪmɪə)
 
n
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
 
[C19: New Latin, named after John Macadam (1827--1865), Australian chemist]

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macadamia
"Australian evergreen tree," 1904, from Mod.L. (1858), named for Scot.-born chemist Dr. John Macadam (1827-1865), secretary of the Victoria Philosophical Institute, Australia.
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Macadamia prices continue to fall as a result of world oversupply.
Garnish with more toasted coconut flakes, caramelized macadamia nuts and mint.
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