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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
Derived Forms
proteaceous (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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  • protea at once changes her disguise to the ghost of Ulysses, and is in time to warn her lover of his danger.

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

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