[ koh-uh ]
/ ˈkoʊ ə /


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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British Dictionary definitions for koa


/ (ˈkəʊə) /


a Hawaiian leguminous tree, Acacia koa, yielding a hard wood
the reddish wood of this tree, used esp for furniture

Word Origin for koa

C19: from Hawaiian
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