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



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Origin of jacaranda

1745–55; <Portuguese jacarandá<Tupi yacarandá

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/ (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
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