Definitions for: Acacia


[n] any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia



Webster (1913) Definition: A*ca"ci*a, n. (Antiq.)
A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors,
as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.


A*ca"cia, n.; pl. E. Acacias, L. Acaci[ae]. [L.
from Gr. ?; orig. the name of a thorny tree found in Egypt;
prob. fr. the root ak to be sharp. See Acute.]
1. 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.

2. (Med.) The inspissated juice of several species of acacia;
-- called also gum acacia, and gum arabic.

See Also: Acacia auriculiformis, Acacia cambegei, Acacia catechu, Acacia dealbata, Acacia farnesiana, Acacia pycnantha, Acacia xanthophloea, black wattle, cassie, catechu, fever tree, flame tree, genus Acacia, gidgee, golden wattle, gum acacia, gum arabic, huisache, Jerusalem thorn, mimosa, mimosa bush, scented wattle, shittah, shittah tree, silver wattle, stinking wattle, sweet acacia, sweet wattle, tree

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