[ mak-uh-dey-mee-uh ]
/ ˌmæk əˈdeɪ mi ə /
any Australian tree of the genus Macadamia, especially M. ternifolia, having whorled leaves and elongated clusters of pink flowers.
Also called macadamia nut. the edible, hard-shelled seed of this tree.
Origin of macadamia
1900–05; < New Latin, named after John Macadam (died 1865), Australian chemist; see -ia
Also called Queensland nut.
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Examples from the Web for macadamia
If the sight of a macadamia nut paralyzes you, for example, you can opt to remove all recipes with the offending food.
This variety of the Queensland nut has leaves and fruit larger than those of Macadamia ternifolia.Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands|Gerrit Parmile Wilder
British Dictionary definitions for macadamia
/ (ˌmækəˈdeɪmɪə) /
any tree of the Australian proteaceous genus Macadamia, esp M. ternifolia, having clusters of small white flowers and edible nutlike seeds
macadamia nut the seed of this tree
Word Origin for macadamia
C19: New Latin, named after John Macadam (1827–1865), Australian chemist
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