from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See beefwood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several trees, of the genus Casuarina, that have segmented stems; especially the ironwood and beefwood
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of leafless trees or shrubs, with drooping branchlets of a rushlike appearance, mostly natives of Australia. Some of them are large, producing hard and heavy timber of excellent quality, called beefwood from its color.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of peculiar plants, of Australia and adjacent islands, nearly related to the birches and oaks, and constituting the natural order Casuarinaceæ.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various trees and shrubs of the genus Casuarina having jointed stems and whorls of scalelike leaves; some yield heavy hardwood
New Latin Casuarīna, genus name, from Malay kesuari, cassowary (from the resemblance of its twigs to the drooping feathers of the cassowary).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay kasuari ("cassowary"), from the resemblance of the leaves to the bird's feathers. (Wiktionary)