[ 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.


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Also called Queensland nut.

Origin of macadamia

1900–05; < New Latin, named after John Macadam (died 1865), Australian chemist; see -ia

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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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