Definition of valonia in English:

valonia

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Pronunciation: /vaˈləʊnɪə
 
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noun

  • 1 (also valonia oak) An evergreen oak tree native to southern Europe and western Asia.
    • Quercus macrolepis, family Fagaceae
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    • We are glad of the green valonia oaks that spread their shade over us, and of the blossoming haw-thorns that scatter their flower-snow on the hill-side.
    • Besides the valonia oak, the elm, willow, cypress and tamarisk shrub abound.
    • Licorice, valonia oaks, and wild olive trees grow in the southwest.
  • 1.1The acorn cups of the valonia, which yield a black dye and are used in tanning.
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    • Other goods sent from Arcadia to Venice were meat, cheese, wool, wheat, honey, and valonia.
    • Its main exports in the nineteenth century were raisins, cotton, dried fruit, figs, madder, valonia and opium, with cereals, sponges, olive oil and tobacco also being exported.
    • Gathering the yellow seeds, valonias, and gallnuts in the fall, the weaving woman's husband could fill in a good share of his year, and, if he was saving, add a pretty penny to her earnings.

Origin

early 18th century: from Italian vallonia, based on Greek balanos 'acorn'.

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