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  5  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  locust}. 
 
  {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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acacia 
  n  :  any  of  various  spiny  trees  or  shrubs  of  the  genus  Acacia 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Acacia 
  (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. 
 




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