Origin of banksia

1782; < New Latin; named after Sir Joseph Banks; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of banksia

Historical Examples of banksia

  • It was smothered in Banksia roses, and it overlooked the sea.

  • 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.

    The Bushman

    Edward Wilson Landor

  • Luckily he espied a banksia tree which seemed easy to ascend; but just as he reached it the bull was upon him.

    The Bushman

    Edward Wilson Landor

British Dictionary definitions for banksia


  1. 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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