acacia

Definitions

  • Honey Locust. Three-thorned Acacia
    Honey Locust. Three-thorned Acacia
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acacia any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia
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Acacia arabica Acacia arabica

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acacia A genus of leguminous trees and shrubs. Nearly 300 species are Australian or Polynesian, and have terete or vertically compressed leaf stalks, instead of the bipinnate leaves of the much fewer species of America, Africa, etc. Very few are found in temperate climates.
    • n Acacia (Antiq) A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.
    • Acacia (Med) The inspissated juice of several species of acacia; -- called also gum acacia, and gum arabic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acacia A genus of shrubby or arboreous plants, natural order Leguminosæ, suborder Mimoseæ, natives of the warm regions of both hemispheres, especially of Australia and Africa. It numbers about 430 species, and is the largest genus of the order, excepting Astragalus. It is distinguished by small regular flowers in globose heads or cylindrical spikes, and very numerous free stamens. The leaves are bipinnate, or in very many of the Australian species are reduced to phyllodia, with their edges always vertical. Several species are valuable for the gum which they exude. The bark and pods are frequently used in tanning, and the aqueous extract of the wood of some Indian species forms the catechu of commerce. Many species furnish excellent timber, and many others are cultivated for ornament —A. Farnesiana both for ornament and for the perfume of its flowers.
    • n acacia A plant of the genus Acacia.
    • n acacia The popular name of several plants of other genera. The green-barked acacia of Arizona is Parkinsonia Torreyana. False and bastard acacia are names sometimes applied to the locust-tree, Robinia Pseudacacia. The rose or bristly acacia is Robinia hispida. The name three-thorned acacia is sometimes given to the honey-locust, Gleditschia triacantha.
    • n acacia In medicine, the inspissated juice of several species of Acacia, popularly known as gum arabic (which see, under gum). A name given by antiquaries to an object resembling a roll of cloth, seen in the hands of consuls and emperors of the Lower Empire as represented on medals. It is supposed to have been unfurled by them at festivals as a signal for the games to begin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acacia a-kā′shi-a a genus of thorny leguminous plants with pinnate leaves.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. from Gr. ; orig. the name of a thorny tree found in Egypt; prob. fr. the root ak, to be sharp. See Acute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. akakiaakē, a sharp point.

Usage

In literature:

Fragrant be the acacia sprig that here shall flourish.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
Fruit-trees still in blossom, acacias and roses without number, perfumed the air with their rich fragrance.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
It was a beautiful and restful place, covered with old acacia trees.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
There is a row of large old acacia-trees near the house, inhabited by some most curious ants, who are gradually hollowing the trees out.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
He chose, in a poor quarter of the town, a lonely, small house of boards, overhung with some acacias.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Poor little Noemi stood for an hour under the acacia-tree where she had taken leave of Michael.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
When my husband returned, he found me sitting breathless and absorbed under the acacias.
"Stories of the Foot-hills" by Margaret Collier Graham
She sat under the long drooping yellow sprays of her acacia-tree, her lap full of the pink Castilian roses, and dreamed.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Here and there a tall, thrifty acacia is seen, suffused with golden-yellow bloom in rich profusion.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
The mighty western facade rises in a confined square where acacia trees lift their fresh, luxuriant heads above the dust.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
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In poetry:

Beneath the gold acacia buds
My gentle Nora sits and broods,
Far, far away in Boston woods
My gentle Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray
My heart was just as thou, as light--
As loving of the breeze,
That kiss'd thee in its elfin flight,
Through the green acacia trees.
"To A Storm-Staid Bird" by Thomas Stoddart
And where am I? My love, whilst thou
Sitt'st sad beneath the acacia bough,
Where pearl's on neck, and wreath on brow,
I stand, my Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Where will he be from, O Acacia,
Is it Poland, Lithuania?
Will he come with a horse and a carriage
Or with staff and sack will he appear?
"The Old Acacia Tree" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
If he's old, my dear Acacia,
I won't have him, please don't try me.
I'll tell my father; you may slay me,
But to an old man do not tie me!
"The Old Acacia Tree" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
For our Love's sake I bid thee stay,
Sweet, ere the hours flee away,
Beneath the old acacia tree
That waves its blossoms quiveringly,
And think awhile of early May:
"For Our Love's Sake" by Sophie Margaret Hensley

In news:

Credit Acacia Squires / NPR.
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Acacia Gourmet on Capitol Hill.
City of Colorado Springs hope you check out a free ice rink open for the next week and a half at Acacia Park.
Chevy Chase Drive, Elk and Acacia avenues and Boynton, Mariposa and Maple streets, according to Glendale police.
Roam Hawaii and Acacia Swimwear also showcase hot new looks.
FARMINGTON — McCormick School Road, between Hydro Plant Road and Acacia Street will be completely closed to all traffic on Nov 13, 2012 to allow for water line repairs.
Prep a martini glass by dipping it into the honey (Smith also used "a little bit" of the Miele Thun acacia to sweeten his gelato).
Dor Napoleon cognac, and Miele Thun acacia honey.
Beaches around the world, from Bali to SoCal, Maui to Ibiza, are about to get a whole lot sexier with the advent of Acacia Swimwear's Spring 2012 Collection, Belle Nomad .
Shorea, Teak, Acacia, Powder Coated Aluminum,Composite Sling.
That's why a pair of teens, who were firing a gun in the Acacia Grove Mobilehome Park Monday, attracted the attention of witnesses - and Sheriff's deputies.
TUCSON – Rain falling on the roof of this new QuikTrip gas station trickles into pipes that water willow acacia trees and native shrubs.
Make sure you check in while you are at the Acacia Aveda.
The Dining The resort's flagship restaurant, Acacia, offers gourmet cuisine and dramatic views, and Crescent Moon specializes in regional Southwestern cooking.
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