American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See beefwood.
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. They are jointed leafless trees and shrubs, very much like gigantic horsetails or equisetums. Some of the species afford wood of extreme hardness, as the forest oak of Australia, C. suberosa, etc., and the she-oak, C. stricta. See
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
- n. Any of several trees, of the genus Casuarina, that have segmented stems; especially the ironwood and beefwood
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- n. any of various trees and shrubs of the genus Casuarina having jointed stems and whorls of scalelike leaves; some yield heavy hardwood
- From Malay kasuari ("cassowary"), from the resemblance of the leaves to the bird's feathers. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“A tree Sir Joseph Banks had classified as casuarina was found to yield very good shingle timber, but was located some distance away around the stream swamp, and excellent brick clay was discovered a mile inland.”
“I will say little of the fine and abundant timber furnished by what is called the casuarina tree, and by what the English improperly call the pear.”
“Aldabran drongo Dicrurus aldabranus (approximately 1,500 individuals) is also an endemic species which inhabits scrub, mangrove and casuarina areas.”
“Unclipping the first sheet and working with the next layer, Wolseley approached the carbon ruins of some casuarina scrub and bashed the paper against the clusters of burnt seeds.”
“The tropical moist forests of Palau can be divided into 8 main types: upland forest (found only on the high volcanic islands), swamp forest, mangrove forest, atoll forest, casuarina forest, limestone forest (with a subtype in the Rock Islands), plantation forest, and palm forest.”
“Province Wellesley, under a row of magnificent casuarina trees, with gray, feathery foliage drooping over a beach of corals and, behind which are the solemn glades of cocoa-nut groves.”
“At 6 A.M., in the glory of the tropic sunrise, Mr. Maxwell and I landed in Province Wellesley, under the magnificent casuarina trees which droop in mournful grace over the sandy shore.”
“We saw beaches rush by, and trees laden with coconuts, the big uncombed mane of the casuarina tree.”
“As I grope through the casuarina grove, sketching leaves in my notebook and contemplating the romantic desolation of a Krakatau fig tree, Bas with his keen ornithological attunement begins to identify birds.”
“To this end a dozen were housed in a capacious tin half filled with damp sand, well supplied with casuarina needles strewn on the surface, and enclosed with wire gauze.”
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