- any Australian shrub or tree of the genus Banksia, having alternate leaves and dense, cylindrical flower heads.
Origin of banksia
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There are banksia bushes with their sawtooth-edge leaves and dried seed cones like multiple jabbering mouths.Robert Hughes: A Fierce Critic and Powerful Voice Now Silenced
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It was smothered in Banksia roses, and it overlooked the sea.Memoirs of Life and Literature
W. H. Mallock
She cut great sprays from the Banksia rose and brought them back with her.
He sat down in the armchair just where he could smell the sweet-peas and the Banksia roses.
It was scarcely possible to see more than fifty yards ahead of you, so thickly grew the banksia trees.
Luckily he espied a banksia tree which seemed easy to ascend; but just as he reached it the bull was upon him.
- 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 ProteaceaeSee also honeysuckle (def. 3)
C19: New Latin, named after Sir Joseph Banks
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