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[jak-uh-ran-duh, -ran-dah]
  1. any of various tropical trees belonging to the genus Jacaranda, of the catalpa family, having showy clusters of usually purplish flowers.
  2. any of various related or similar trees.
  3. 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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Historical Examples of jacaranda

  • In Jacaranda, the capsule is above two feet long, and quite flat.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for jacaranda


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

C18: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yacarandá
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Word Origin and History for jacaranda


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

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