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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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  • It was smothered in banksia roses, and it overlooked the sea.

  • She cut great sprays from the banksia rose and brought them back with her.

  • Next, what are those bright little buds, like salmon-coloured banksia roses half expanded, sitting closely on the stone?

    Glaucus Charles Kingsley
  • He sat down in the armchair just where he could smell the sweet-peas and the banksia roses.

  • As we passed through to supper, I plucked a spray of yellow banksia rose, and put it in my button-hole.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • It was scarcely possible to see more than fifty yards ahead of you, so thickly grew the banksia trees.

    The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor
  • One species was found growing on the stump of a banksia in Western Australia.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  • Luckily he espied a banksia tree which seemed easy to ascend; but just as he reached it the bull was upon him.

    The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor
  • In the valley I saw the banksia for the first time since we left the Lachlan.

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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