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[bangk-see-uh] /ˈbæŋk si ə/
any Australian shrub or tree of the genus Banksia, having alternate leaves and dense, cylindrical flower heads.
Origin of banksia
1782; < New Latin; named after Sir Joseph Banks; see -ia Unabridged
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Examples from the web for banksia
  • The fruit of banksia is a woody follicle embedded in the axis of the inflorescence.
  • A number of banksia species are considered rare or endangered.
  • With the exception of the nursery industry, banksia have limited commercial use.
  • Woodturners throughout the world value banksia pods for making ornamental objects.
  • The foundation launched the annual banksia environmental awards in the same year.
British Dictionary definitions for banksia


any shrub or tree of the Australian genus Banksia, having long leathery evergreen leaves and dense cylindrical heads of flowers that are often red or yellowish: family Proteaceae See also honeysuckle (sense 3)
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after Sir Joseph Banks
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