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əˈkeɪ ʃəaca·ci·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acacianoun

    any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ACACIAnoun

    1.A drug brought from Egypt, which, being supposed the inspissated juice of a tree, is imitated by the juice of sloes, boiled to the same consistence. Dictionaire de Comm. Jacques Savary des Brûlons Antoine Furetière

    Etymology: Lat.

    It hath a papilionaceous flower, from whose flower-cup rises the pointal, wrapped in a fimbriated membrane, which afterwards becomes a pod, opening into two parts, in which are contained several kidney-shaped seeds. Philip Miller.


  1. Acacia

    Acacia, commonly known as the wattles or acacias, is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the pea family Fabaceae. Initially, it comprised a group of plant species native to Africa and Australasia. The genus name is New Latin, borrowed from the Greek ἀκακία (akakia), a term used by Dioscorides for a preparation extracted from the leaves and fruit pods of Vachellia nilotica, the original type of the genus. In his Pinax (1623), Gaspard Bauhin mentioned the Greek ἀκακία from Dioscorides as the origin of the Latin name.In the early 2000s, it had become evident that the genus as it stood was not monophyletic and that several divergent lineages needed to be placed in separate genera. It turned out that one lineage comprising over 900 species mainly native to Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia was not closely related to the much smaller group of African lineage that contained A. nilotica—the type species. This meant that the Australasian lineage (by far the most prolific in number of species) would need to be renamed. Botanist Leslie Pedley named this group Racosperma, which received little acclaim in the botanical community. Australian botanists proposed a less disruptive solution setting a different type species for Acacia (A. penninervis) and allowing this largest number of species to remain in Acacia, resulting in the two Pan-Tropical lineages being renamed Vachellia and Senegalia, and the two endemic American lineages renamed Acaciella and Mariosousa. Although many botanists still disagreed that this was necessary, this solution was eventually officially adopted at the Melbourne International Botanical Congress in 2011. Acacia remains a widely used common name across genera. A number of species have been introduced to various parts of the world, and two million hectares of commercial plantations have been established. The heterogeneous group varies considerably in habit, from mat-like subshrubs to canopy trees in a forest.


  1. acacia

    Acacia refers to a genus of shrubs and trees belonging to the pea family that is native to Australia and warm regions of Africa, Asia, and America. Known for their thorny branches and clusters of bright yellow flowers, various acacia species are used in medicines, ornamental plantings, as a source of gum arabic and lumber, and some have traditional uses by Indigenous Australians.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acacianoun

    a roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals

  2. Acacianoun

    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

  3. Acacianoun

    the inspissated juice of several species of acacia; -- called also gum acacia, and gum arabic

  4. Etymology: [L. from Gr. 'akaki`a; orig. the name of a thorny tree found in Egypt; prob. fr. the root ak to be sharp. See Acute.]


  1. Acacia

    Acacia, also known as a thorntree, whistling thorn or wattle, is a genus of shrubs and trees belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the family Fabaceae, described by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1773 based on the African species Acacia nilotica. Many non-Australian species tend to be thorny, whereas the majority of Australian acacias are not. All species are pod-bearing, with sap and leaves often bearing large amounts of tannins and condensed tannins that historically found use as pharmaceuticals and preservatives. The generic name derives from ἀκακία, the name given by early Greek botanist-physician Pedanius Dioscorides to the medicinal tree A. nilotica in his book Materia Medica. This name derives from the Greek word for its characteristic thorns, ἀκίς. The species name nilotica was given by Linnaeus from this tree's best-known range along the Nile river. The genus Acacia previously contained roughly 1300 species, about 960 of them native to Australia, with the remainder spread around the tropical to warm-temperate regions of both hemispheres, including Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and the Americas. However, in 2005 the genus was divided into five separate genera under the tribe "Acacieae." The genus Acacia was retained for the majority of the Australian species and a few in tropical Asia, Madagascar and Pacific Islands. Most of the species outside Australia, and a small number of Australian species, were reclassified into Vachellia and Senegalia. The two final genera, Acaciella and Mariosousa, each contain about a dozen species from the Americas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acacia

    a-kā′shi-a, n. a genus of thorny leguminous plants with pinnate leaves. [L.—Gr. akakiaakē, a sharp point.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Acacia

    a large group of trees with astringent and gum-yielding properties, natives of tropical Africa and Australia.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Acacia

    A plant genus of the family FABACEAE. The gums and tanning agents obtained from Acacia are called GUM ARABIC. The common name of catechu is more often used for Areca catechu (ARECA).


  1. Acacia

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ACACIA in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ACACIA in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ACACIA in a Sentence

  1. Pieter Cohen:

    Acacia-containing dietary supplements adulterated with an amine compound not found in the Acacia plant.

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