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koa

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊə
 
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Definition of koa in English:

noun

A large Hawaiian forest tree which yields dark red timber.
  • Acacia koa, family Leguminosae
Example sentences
  • The first native trees encountered are some koas that form a canopy over the trail.
  • His early attempts to nurture Hawaiian natives like koa, ohia lehua, and lama trees were disappointing.
  • All that engineering comes with a walnut and Hawaiian koa veneer.

Origin

early 19th century: from Hawaiian.

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