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[ jak-uh-ran-duh, -ran-dah ]
/ ˌdʒæk əˈræn də, -rænˈdɑ /


any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Jacaranda, of the catalpa family, having showy clusters of usually purplish flowers.
any of various related or similar trees.
the often fragrant, ornamental wood of any of these trees.

Nearby words

jabrud, jac, jacal, jacalyn, jacamar, jacaranda, jacareí, jacarta, jacaré, jacinth, jack

Origin of jacaranda

1745–55; < Portuguese jacarandá < Tupi yacarandá Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jacaranda

  • Had the recurrence of some symptoms in about six weeks after; tried Jacaranda again with the same decided success.

    New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers|Various
  • So I put morning soreness and stiffness of muscles as the guide in prescribing Jacaranda.

  • A gentle mist was falling and he and Manuel stood under a jacaranda, the body of a scorched rat near their feet.

    When the Owl Cries|Paul Bartlett
  • In Jacaranda, the capsule is above two feet long, and quite flat.

    Botany for Ladies|Jane Loudon

British Dictionary definitions for jacaranda


/ (ˌdʒækəˈrændə) /


any bignoniaceous tree of the tropical American genus Jacaranda, having fernlike leaves and pale purple flowers and widely cultivated in temperate areas of Australia
the fragrant ornamental wood of any of these trees
any of several related or similar trees or their wood

Word Origin for jacaranda

C18: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yacarandá
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jacaranda



tropical American tree, 1753, from Portuguese jacarandá, from Tupi yacaranda.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper