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protea

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formsproteaceous (ˌprəʊtɪˈeɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin

C20: from New Latin, from Proteus, referring to the large number of different forms of the plant
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Historical Examples

  • Protea at once changes her disguise to the ghost of Ulysses, and is in time to warn her lover of his danger.

    Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama

    Walter W. Greg

  • We raced along a mile of sandy lane lined with firs and protea and heath, called, by reason of some virtue, 'The Ladies' Mile.'