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  1. a Hawaiian acacia, Acacia koa, of the legume family, characterized by spreading branches and gray bark.
  2. the hard, red or golden-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
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Origin of koa

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1840–50
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  1. a Hawaiian leguminous tree, Acacia koa, yielding a hard wood
  2. the reddish wood of this tree, used esp for furniture
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Word Origin

C19: from Hawaiian
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