- any Australian tree of the genus Macadamia, especially M. ternifolia, having whorled leaves and elongated clusters of pink flowers.
- Also called macadamia nut. the edible, hard-shelled seed of this tree.
Origin of macadamia
Examples from the Web for macadamia
If the sight of a macadamia nut paralyzes you, for example, you can opt to remove all recipes with the offending food.QOOQ: A Tablet for the Messy Cook
December 23, 2012
Let your dad indulge his sweet tooth with white chocolate and macadamia nut brownies.A Treat for Father’s Day
June 19, 2011
This variety of the Queensland nut has leaves and fruit larger than those of Macadamia ternifolia.Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands
Gerrit Parmile Wilder
- any tree of the Australian proteaceous genus Macadamia, esp M. ternifolia, having clusters of small white flowers and edible nutlike seeds
- macadamia nut the seed of this tree
Word Origin and History for macadamia
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.