WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•ca•cia /əˈkeɪʃə/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -cias. 
  1. Plant Biologya small tree or shrub with clusters of small yellow flowers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•ca•cia  (ə kāshə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologya small tree or shrub belonging to the genus Acacia, of the mimosa family, having clusters of small yellow flowers.
  2. Plant Biologyany of several other plants, as the locust tree.
  3. See  gum arabic. 
  • Greek akakía Egyptian thorn
  • Latin
  • 1535–45


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

acacia /əˈkeɪʃə/ n
  1. any shrub or tree of the tropical and subtropical leguminous genus Acacia, having compound or reduced leaves and small yellow or white flowers in dense inflorescences
  2. gum acacia
    another name for gum arabic
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin, from Greek akakia, perhaps related to akē point



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