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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It should be treated as a crop rather than as a long-term tree and should be mixed with fruit and acacia trees.
▪ It was semi-detached and mock Tudor, in a quiet suburban street lined with acacia trees and unbroken street lamps.
▪ A Hogarth curve of red spray carnations and red roses was shown with a collection of assorted bottles and acacia seed pods.
▪ I mention this to Yacouba and suggest his committee should consider planting acacia and fruit trees instead of eucalyptus.
▪ It should be treated as a crop rather than as a long-term tree and should be mixed with fruit and acacia trees.
▪ Parnell Forbes: one eye pricked out, with an acacia thorn.
▪ The acacia grove, like a dense cloud, became a dark backdrop for her.
▪ The far edge of the acacia grove was bordered by a shoulder-high wall topped by woven millet stalks.
▪ To touch or approach the Ark is death, but acacia symbolizes resurrection and immortality.
▪ Wood is scarce in the Sinai desert, but the acacia is one of the few trees which grow there.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Locust tree \Lo"cust tree`\n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) A large North American tree of the genus Robinia ( Robinia Pseudacacia), producing large slender racemes of white, fragrant, papilionaceous flowers, and often cultivated as an ornamental tree. In England it is called acacia.

Note: The name is also applied to other trees of different genera, especially to those of the genus Hymen[ae]a, of which Hymen[ae]a Courbaril is a lofty, spreading tree of South America; also to the carob tree ( Ceratonia siliqua), a tree growing in the Mediterranean region.

Honey locust tree (Bot.), a tree of the genus Gleditschia ) Gleditschia triacanthus), having pinnate leaves and strong branching thorns; -- so called from a sweet pulp found between the seeds in the pods. Called also simply honey locust.

Water locust tree (Bot.), a small swamp tree ( Gleditschia monosperma), of the Southern United States.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from Latin acacia, from Greek akakia "thorny Egyptian tree," perhaps related to Greek ake "point, thorn," from PIE root *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Or perhaps a Hellenization of some Egyptian word. From late 14c. in English as the name of a type of gum used as an astringent, etc.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context countable English) A shrub or tree of the tribe Acacieae. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.)Brown, Lesley, ed. ''The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.'' 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 2 (context uncountable pharmacy English) The thickened or dried juice of several species in Acacieae, in particular (taxlink Acacia nilotica species noshow=1), the (vern lang=en Egyptian acacia). (First attested around 1350 to 1470.)Brown, Lesley, ed. ''The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.'' 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 3 A false acacia; (vern: robinia tree), ''Robinia pseudoacacia''. (First attested in the mid 17th century.) 4 (context uncountable English) gum arabic; gum acacia. (First attested in the early 19th century.) 5 (qualifier: loosely) Any of several related trees, such as the locust. 6 A light to moderate greenish yellow with a hint of red.(colour panel: E3D733) Etymology 2

n. (context history classical studies English) A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.


n. any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia

Acacia (fraternity)

Acacia Fraternity (Ακακία) is a social fraternity founded at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The fraternity has 30 active chapters and 4 colonies throughout Canada and the United States. Membership was originally restricted to those who had taken the Masonic obligations, but in 1933 the International Conclave elected to dispense with the Masonic prerequisite. In 1988, at the 45th Conclave, the fraternity elected to use "International" rather than "National" when referring to the fraternity.

Acacia (film)

Acacia is a 2003 South Korean horror film, directed by Park Ki-hyung and starring Shim Hye-jin and Kim Jin-geun. A re-release in 2011 changed the title to 'Root of Evil'.


Racosperma (from ancient Greekrhakos, "ragged" or rhakodes, "wrinkled" and sperma, "seed"), commonly known as the wattles or acacias, is a monophyletic genus of 981 species of Acacia s.l., in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the pea family Fabaceae. All but 10 of its species are native to Australia, where it constitutes the largest plant genus. 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 forest. The genus was first described from Africa by C. F. P. von Martius in 1829. Several hundred combinations in Racosperma were published by Pedley in 2003.

Acacia (disambiguation)

Acacia is a genus of shrubs and trees of Gondwanian origin, belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the family Fabaceae. (Not to be confused with akasha.)

It has also on occasion been used as the common name, or part of the common name, of other closely related plants, such as some species of Robinia, Vachellia, and Acacia sensu lato.

Acacia may also refer to:

  • Acacia (band), a British pop band from the 1990s
  • Acacia (film), a 2003 South Korean horror film
  • Acacia: The War with the Mein, a novel by American author David Anthony Durham
  • Acacia Avenue, a placeholder name for an English suburban road
  • Acacia (fraternity), a social fraternity based on Masonic traditions
  • Acacia Prison, a private prison in Western Australia
  • Acacia Research, a patent enforcement entity
  • Gum acacia, another name for Gum arabic
  • USS Acacia, a steam-powered tugboat in the service of the United States Navy during the American Civil War
  • 2S3 Akatsiya, Russian for acacia, a Soviet 152.4 mm self-propelled artillery
Acacia (band)

Acacia was a multi-cultural British experimental pop band active during the mid-1990s. The band is most notable for helping to launch the subsequent musical careers of several of its members, most notably keyboard player/producer Guy Sigsworth, singer Alexander "Blackmoth" Nilere and associate vocalist Imogen Heap (later a solo artist, half of Frou Frou and a collaborator with Urban Species and Jeff Beck). Though never commercially successful, Acacia attracted a good deal of underground attention during their existence and were notable for their eclectic musical approach and for Nilere's unorthodox, polysexual image.

Other musicians who played with Acacia were drummer Eshan Khadaroo ( Cirque Du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Psapp, Bow Wow Wow), guitarists Luca Ramelli and Maurizio Anzalone, and percussionist/world instrument player Ansuman Biswas (better known as a performance poet). Talvin Singh was also a member during the early days of the group.

The band should not be confused with the Detroit-based techno artist Acacia a.k.a. Kelli Hand.

Acacia (Vachellia)

Acacia ( or ) is a monophyletic genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae, commonly known as thorn trees or shittah trees. The genus name is derived via Latin from ancient Greek . It was the name used by Theophrastus and Dioscorides to denote thorn trees, the word root being or , meaning "thorn" and "point" respectively. Before discovery of the New World, Europeans in the Mediterranean region were familiar with several species of Acacia, which they knew as sources of medicine, and had names for them that they inherited from the Greeks and Romans.

The wide-ranging genus occurs in a variety of open, tropical to subtropical habitats, and is locally dominant. In parts of Africa, Acacias are shaped progressively by grazing animals of increasing size and height, such as gazelle, gerenuk and giraffe. The genus in Africa has thus developed thorns in defence against such herbivory.

Usage examples of "acacia".

Thick hedges of green briars, interspersed with acacia and wild apricot trees, lined the four canals that still divided the city into quarters.

Craig recognized the high clear duet of a pair of collared barbets in an acacia tree beside the track.

After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains.

A tiny branch of the acacia, laden with golden snow, the fluffy globules glistening dewily in their bath, was swept against his fingers.

We passed a long necked gerenuk, a kind of antelope, on its hind legs, stripping an acacia bush.

Seven hundred and fifty thousand mostly flat acres of scrubby, bitter grass, mopane woodland, acacia thorn trees, thorny scrubs, and the occasional rocky outcrop.

Only four days since I had landed here first, in my first African dawn, over a grey ochreish plain dotted exactly as it should be with the etiolated acacias you see on all the posters, and wildebeest and buffalo we were coming in over the Nairobi National Park.

Acacia often came to ask Osprey things, while Crane spent more time advising Osprey than he ever had with Rosethorn.

He wanted to order Acacia to show some backbone and Osprey to let Crane work.

The Acacia Seyal, formerly abundant by the banks of the river, is now almost entirely confined to certain valleys of the Theban desert, along with a variety of the kernelled dom-palm, of which a poetical description has come down to us from the Ancient Egyptians.

Along the embankment the flowering almonds made the fading air flush like dawn, and all up the staircases of the Lucerna, between the crumbling sgraffito and the baroque stone vases, the heady boughs of the false acacia, vivid green and virgin white, leaned down faint with fragrance over the heads of lovers.

Sometimes, as if from long-standing habit, he would take his sharp, heavy sheers out of his overcoat pocket and painstakingly, without asking any money, set to work in the yard in front of the main building, trimming the thuja bushes, pruning the acacias, and weeding the garden beds.

Ayant contourne la grande eglise, nous primes une rue bordee de porches sculptes et de vieux murs au-dessus desquels les acacias penchaient leurs branches fleuries.

They were camped in a certain swale of acacia trees, he said, scratching for witchetty grubs and irriakura bulbs, the only available food in this dry season.

Once breakfast was over, they drank the soak water and washed their hands and faces, drying them with the calico bags, then they continued onwards, over the sand hills and through the banksia woodlands, with their acacia thickets and thick clumps of heath.