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koa

[ koh-uh ]
/ ˈkoʊ ə /
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noun
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.
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Origin of koa

Borrowed into English from Hawaiian around 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for koa

koa
/ (ˈkəʊə) /

noun
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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