any Australian shrub or tree of the genus Banksia, having alternate leaves and dense, cylindrical flower heads.

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  7. bankside,
  8. banksman,
  9. bankstown,
  10. banlieue

Origin of banksia

1782; < New Latin; named after Sir Joseph Banks; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for banksia



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)

Word Origin for banksia

C19: New Latin, named after Sir Joseph Banks

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