banksia

[bangk-see-uh]
noun
any Australian shrub or tree of the genus Banksia, having alternate leaves and dense, cylindrical flower heads.

Origin:
1782; < Neo-Latin; named after Sir Joseph Banks; see -ia

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banksia (ˈbæŋksɪə)
 
n
See also honeysuckle 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
 
[C19: New Latin, named after Sir Joseph Banks]

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Example sentences 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.
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