- a small tree or shrub belonging to the genus Acacia, of the mimosa family, having clusters of small yellow flowers.
- any of several other plants, as the locust tree.
- gum arabic.
Origin of acacia
Examples from the Web for acacia
Contemporary Examples of acacia
The basic Acacia model, equipped with seven branches that have a combined capacity of 1.4 kilowatts, costs $100,000.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
In every direction there were wide skies, gold grass hills and acacia trees.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too
February 18, 2014
Beyond the river, caramel plains rolled away to the distant horizon, spotted with acacia trees and slow-moving giraffe.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot
July 9, 2013
We saw a small group of women and children under an acacia tree and my friend and I walked toward them.Isabel Allende: How a Mysterious Baby Girl Sparked My Fight for Women
October 20, 2012
Historical Examples of acacia
If an Acacia, Mr. Bentham says, it is different from any he knows.
What walks there are where the air is all fragrance of acacia and rose and orange blossoms!Italy, the Magic Land
Death lurked for her, there outside in the dark, from behind the acacia tree!A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
"The acacia tree will still be there," said Miss Ponsonby firmly.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
No. 31562, which was obtained in a yucca and acacia association, had little fat.Birds from Coahuila, Mexico
Emil K. Urban
Word Origin for acacia
1540s, from Latin acacia, from Greek akakia "thorny Egyptian tree," perhaps related to Greek ake "point, thorn," from PIE root *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Or perhaps a Hellenization of some Egyptian word. From late 14c. in English as the name of a type of gum used as an astringent, etc.