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banksia

[bangk-see-uh] /ˈbæŋk si ə/
noun
1.
any Australian shrub or tree of the genus Banksia, having alternate leaves and dense, cylindrical flower heads.
Origin
1782
1782; < Neo-Latin; named after Sir Joseph Banks; see -ia
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Examples 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

banksia

/ˈbæŋksɪə/
noun
1.
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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