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a·ca·cia

 (ə-kā′shə)
n.
1. Any of various often spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia in the pea family, having alternate, bipinnately compound leaves or leaves represented by flattened leafstalks and heads or spikes of small flowers.
2. Any of several other plants in the pea family, especially of the genus Robinia.

[Middle English, from Latin, from Greek akakiā.]

acacia

(əˈkeɪʃə)
n
1. (Plants) 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. Also called: acacia tree See also wattle14
2. (Plants) false acacia another name for locust2, locust3
3. (Plants) gum acacia another name for gum arabic
[C16: from Latin, from Greek akakia, perhaps related to akē point]

a•ca•cia

(əˈkeɪ ʃə)

n., pl. -cias.
1. a small tree or shrub of the genus Acacia, of the legume family, having clusters of small yellow flowers.
2. any of several other plants, as the locust tree.
[1535–45; < Latin < Greek akakía Egyptian thorn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acacia - any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acaciaacacia - any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia
genus Acacia - large genus of shrubs and trees and some woody vines of Central and South America, Africa, Australia and Polynesia: wattle; mimosa
shittah, shittah tree - source of a wood mentioned frequently in the Bible; probably a species of genus Acacia
wattle - any of various Australasian trees yielding slender poles suitable for wattle
Acacia catechu, catechu, Jerusalem thorn - East Indian spiny tree having twice-pinnate leaves and yellow flowers followed by flat pods; source of black catechu
huisache, mimosa bush, scented wattle, sweet acacia, sweet wattle, Acacia farnesiana, cassie, flame tree - tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery
Acacia xanthophloea, fever tree - African tree supposed to mark healthful regions
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
gum acacia, gum arabic - gum from an acacia tree; used as a thickener (especially in candies and pharmaceuticals)
Translations
akaasiaakasia

acacia

[əˈkeɪʃə] Nacacia f

acacia

[əˈkeɪʃə] n (also acacia tree) → acacia m

acacia

n (also acacia tree)Akazie f

acacia

[əˈkeɪʃə] n (acacias or acacia (pl)) → acacia
References in classic literature ?
The water was quite free from reptiles, and the vegetation upon the banks of the river had altered to more open and parklike forest, with eucalyptus and acacia mingled with a scattering of tree ferns, as though two distinct periods of geologic time had overlapped and merged.
Then she climbed an acacia, and nestling into its tufted top, she watched the stranger with the inquisitive attention of the forest birds.
It had no park, but the pleasure-grounds were tolerably extensive; and like every other place of the same degree of importance, it had its open shrubbery, and closer wood walk, a road of smooth gravel winding round a plantation, led to the front, the lawn was dotted over with timber, the house itself was under the guardianship of the fir, the mountain-ash, and the acacia, and a thick screen of them altogether, interspersed with tall Lombardy poplars, shut out the offices.
I took him round the garden along the new paths I had had made, and showed him the acacia and lilac glories, and he said that it was the purest selfishness to enjoy myself when neither he nor the offspring were with me, and that the lilacs wanted thoroughly pruning.
He then, with noiseless haste, took out the horse that he had ridden on the previous evening, saddled and bridled it himself and led the animal into the alley to the right of the kitchen-garden, opened a side door which conducted him to a bridle road, shut it after him, and D'Artagnan saw him pass by like a dart, bending, as he went, beneath the pendent flowery branches of maple and acacia. The road, as D'Artagnan had observed, was the way to Blois.
In the basins, such as this one, which are elevated from one thousand to two thousand feet above the sea, two species of acacia, which are stunted in their forms, and stand wide apart from each other, grow in large numbers.
(two or three stories,) wide, neat, and free from any quaintness of architectural ornamentation; locust trees bordering the sidewalks (they call them acacias;) a stirring, business-look about the streets and the stores; fast walkers; a familiar new look about the houses and every thing; yea, and a driving and smothering cloud of dust that was so like a message from our own dear native land that we could hardly refrain from shedding a few grateful tears and execrations in the old time-honored American way.
It was a long, not very broad strip of cultured ground, with an alley bordered by enormous old fruit trees down the middle; there was a sort of lawn, a parterre of rose-trees, some flower-borders, and, on the far side, a thickly planted copse of lilacs, laburnums, and acacias. It looked pleasant, to me--very pleasant, so long a time had elapsed since I had seen a garden of any sort.
He pricked up his horse, and riding out from behind the acacias he saw a hired three-horse sledge from the railway station, and a gentleman in a fur coat.
Phileas Fogg looked at Sir Francis Cromarty for an explanation; but the general could not tell what meant a halt in the midst of this forest of dates and acacias.
Here too were acacias. So far I had seen nothing of the Morlocks, but it was yet early in the night, and the darker hours before the old moon rose were still to come.
Mosfeia had disappeared from the horizon long ere this, and the Mandara country was developing to the gaze of our aeronauts its astonishing fertility, with its forests of acacias, its locust-trees covered with red flowers, and the herbaceous plants of its fields of cotton and indigo trees.