a Hawaiian acacia tree (Acacia koa) valued for its wood, used in building and cabinetmaking, and its bark, used in tanning
Origin of koaHawaiian ; from Proto-Polynesian an unverified form toa, tree
- A tree (Acacia koa) in the pea family, native to Hawaii, having flowers arranged in axillary racemes and small sickle-shaped leaves.
- The light-to-dark brown or reddish wood of this tree, used for furniture, crafts, cabinetry, and musical instruments.
Origin of koaHawaiian, from Proto-Polynesian *to'a, ironwood tree.
(countable and uncountable, plural koas)
- Acacia koa, a species of large tree in the family Fabaceae which is endemic to and common on the islands of Hawaii; or the wood of this tree.
From Hawaiian koa.