designating or of one of the two main types of coffee (Coffea arabica) produced commercially, which grows at high altitudes, mainly in Latin America, and is prized for its aromatic qualities and complex flavor: see also robusta
Origin of arabicaModL, species name ; from L, feminine of Arabicus, of Arabia
- a. A species of coffee, Coffea arabica, originating in Ethiopia and Yemen and widely cultivated for its high-quality, commercially valuable seeds.b. The beanlike seed of this plant.
- The coffee brewed from the seed of this plant.
Origin of arabicaNew Latin (Coffea) arabica, species name, from Latin, feminine of Arabicus, from Arabia, from Greek Arabikos, from Araps, Arab-, an Arab; see Arab.