- a Hawaiian acacia, Acacia koa, of the legume family, characterized by spreading branches and gray bark.
- the hard, red or golden-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
Origin of koa
Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for koa
Mommyish editor-in-chief Koa Beck wrote an open letter encouraging the ex-sorority sister to apply for their paid internship.Rebecca Martinson, the Viral Sorority Girl Letter Writer: How to Go From Unknown to Infamous in 60 Seconds
April 26, 2013
The fire we see proceeds undoubtedly from one of them—Koa, perhaps.The Cruise of the Mary Rose
William H. G. Kingston
"I recognize the shape of those cases over there, now," Koa said.
Koa sensed the urgency in his voice and got the instruments himself.
Rip watched the repair anxiously in the light from Koa's belt.
He called, "Kemp, Koa, bring the torch and fuel and follow me."
- a Hawaiian leguminous tree, Acacia koa, yielding a hard wood
- the reddish wood of this tree, used esp for furniture
C19: from Hawaiian