What does the word acacia mean?

  • Any leguminous woody vine or tree of the genus Acacia, also called locust or wattle. The gums and tanning agents obtained from Acacia are called GUM ARABIC.

  • [ Latin] A genus of shrubs and trees of the Leguminosae. The gummy exudation of A. Verek( A. Senegal), A. nilotica( A. vera), and other African species is gum arabic( the bicum, G. P.), used as a demulcent and for making emulsions, and furnishing a mucilage A., U. S., Acaciae gummi, B. P., Gummi ara( Mucilago acaciae, U. S., B. P.) and a syrop( Syrupus acaciae, U. S.). and a syrop( Syrupus acaciae, U. S.). Special varieties of gum arabic are derived from other species of A. A. Catechu of the East Indies and Jamaica, and probably also A. Suma of Southern India, furnish catechu.

  • ( Ph. U. S.) Acaciae gummi-a. Catechu, Catechu-a. False, Robinia pseudo-acacia-a. Germanica, see Prunus spinosa-a. Giraffae, see Acaciae gummi-a. Horrida, see Acaciae gummi-a. Indica, Tamarindus-a. Nilotica, see Acaciae gummi-a. Nostras, see Prunus spinosa-a. Senegal, see Senegal, gum-a. Vera, see Acaciae gummi-a. Zeylonica, Haematoxylon Campechianum.

Usage examples for acacia

  1. He wouldn't know an acacia if he saw it any more than I should. – If by Lord Dunsany [Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron]
  2. Ever and ever his eyes were on David, and far back under the acacia- tree Achmet slept as he had not slept since his doom fell on him. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009

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