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acacia

[ uh-key-shuh ]
/ əˈkeɪ ʃə /
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noun
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.
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Origin of acacia

1535–45; <Latin <Greek akakía Egyptian thorn
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British Dictionary definitions for acacia

acacia
/ (əˈkeɪʃə) /

noun
any shrub or tree of the tropical and subtropical leguminous genus Acacia, having compound or reduced leaves and small yellow or white flowers in dense inflorescencesSee also wattle 1 (def. 4)
false acacia another name for locust (def. 2), locust (def. 3)
gum acacia another name for gum arabic

Word Origin for acacia

C16: from Latin, from Greek akakia, perhaps related to akē point
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