protea

World English Dictionary
protea (ˈprəʊtɪə)
 
n
any shrub or small tree of the genus Protea, of tropical and southern Africa, having flowers with coloured bracts arranged in showy heads: family Proteaceae
 
[C20: from New Latin, from Proteus, referring to the large number of different forms of the plant]
 
proteaceous
 
adj

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protea

noun
any tropical African shrub of the genus Protea having alternate rigid leaves and dense colorful flower heads resembling cones 
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