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  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}. 




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