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a. A species of coffee, Coffea arabica, originating in Ethiopia and Yemen and widely cultivated for its high-quality, commercially valuable seeds.
b. The beanlike seed of this plant.
2. The coffee brewed from the seed of this plant.

[New Latin (Coffea) arabica, species name, from Latin, feminine of Arabicus, from Arabia, from Greek Arabikos, from Araps, Arab-, an Arab; see Arab.]
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1. a high-quality coffee bean obtained from the tree Coffea arabica
2. coffee made from the bean of the Coffea arabica tree
3. (Plants) the Coffea arabica tree
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