Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Acacia"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(Heb. shittim) Ex. 25:5, R.V. probably the Acacia seyal (the
gum-arabic tree); called the "shittah" tree (Isa. 41:19). Its
wood is called shittim wood (Ex. 26:15,26; 25:10,13,23,28,
etc.). This species (A. seyal) is like the hawthorn, a gnarled
and thorny tree. It yields the gum-arabic of commerce. It is
found in abundance in the Sinaitic peninsula.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Locust tree \Lo"cust tree`\ [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.)
A large North American tree of the genus {Robinia} ({R.
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 {H. 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}
) {G. 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

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Acacia \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Acacia \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}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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

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