- any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Hakea, native to Australia, having evergreen, pinnate leaves and clusters of variously colored flowers.
Origin of hakea
< New Latin (1798) named after Christian Ludwig von Hake (1745–1818), German horticulturist; see -a2
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A single specimen also exists of Grevillea (or Hakea) lorea, prodr.Expedition into Central Australia
The chief genera are banksia (honeysuckle), and hakea (needle bush).
This is the case, for example, in the Intichiuma of the Hakea flower among the Arunta.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
Here again the stone seems to be the centre of the common life of the hakea flower.
A new Hakea, with long thin terete leaves (different from H. lorea) and Grevillea chrysodendron, grew along the creek.Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia
- any shrub or tree of the Australian genus Hakea, having a hard woody fruit and often yielding a useful wood: family Proteaceae
C19: New Latin, named after C. L. von Hake (died 1818), German botanist
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