ACA'CIA, n. [L. acacia, a thorn, from Gr., a point.]Egyptian thorn, a species of plant ranked by Linne under the genus mimosa, and by others, made a distinct genus. Of the flowers of one species, the Chinese make a yellow dye which bears washing in silks, and appears with elegance on paper.
A-CA'CIA, a. [L. acacia, a thorn, from Gr. ακη, a point.]
Egyptian thorn, a species of plant ranked by Linnæus under the genus Mimosa, and by others, made a distinct genus. Of the flowers of one species, the Chinese make a yellow dye which bears washing in silks, and appears with elegance on paper. – Encyc.
in medicine, is a name given to the inspissated juice of the unripe fruit of the Mimosa Nilotica, which brought from Egypt in roundish masses, in bladders. Externally, it is of a deep brown color; internally, of a reddish or yellowish brown; of a firm consistence, but not very dry. It is a mild astringent. But most of the drug which passes under this name, is the inspissated juice of sloes. – Encyc.
among antiquaries, is a name given to something like a roll or bag, seen on medals, as in the hands of emperors and consuls. Some take it to represent a handkerchief rolled up, with which signals were given at the games others, a roll of petitions; and some, a purple bag of cart to remind them of their mortality. – Encyc.
roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of
mortality. It is represented on medals.
- 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.
- The inspissated juice of several
species of acacia; -- called also gum acacia, and gum