Definitions

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  • n. Any of many South African flowering plants, of the genus Protea, having colourful cone-shaped flower heads.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of apetalous shrubs, the type of the order ProteaceƦ and tribe ProteeƦ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any tropical African shrub of the genus Protea having alternate rigid leaves and dense colorful flower heads resembling cones

Etymologies

Named after Proteus, the Greek warden of sea beasts, renowned for his ability to change shape. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She's drawn it herself: a protea for South Africa, a cornflower for her native Germany, a moon orchid for Indonesia and a fern for New Zealand.

    The rise and rise of the tattoo

  • Rock Happy The clusters of torch ginger, the heliconia and protea, and all the other flowers were gone from the lobby.

    Beard

  • Among the best-recognized plant species in the hotspot are the proteas, particularly the king protea (Protea cynaroides), which is South Africa's national flower, and the red disa (Disa uniflora).

    Biological diversity in the Cape Floristic Region

  • The king protea (Protea cynaroides) is the national flower of South Africa.

    Biological diversity in the Cape Floristic Region

  • I bring her protea flowers, and her amakua, the sea turtle, sometimes devours them when I sit on the rocks and speak with her.

    Is Nothing Sacred, Nothing Holy in Hawaii?

  • Last month it was revealed that the King protea would in future be worn on the left hand side of the national rugby team's playing jersey though the Springbok emblem could still be used.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A golden-hued vase, above left, brimming with red-orange pincushion protea, plays up the yellow edging on a lacquered accent table.

    Thom Filicia Style

  • I don't want a loan, said protea grower Dan Wegner, who has 11 acres of the exotic flowers in Ocean View near the south end of the Big Island.

    Disaster in the Aloha State

  • This shield of peace, that also suggests an African drum, thus, simultaneously, conveys the message of a people imbued with love for culture, its upper part as a shield being imaginatively represented by the protea.

    ANC Today

  • African drum, thus, simultaneously, conveys the message of a people imbued with love for culture, its upper part as a shield being imaginatively represented by the protea.

    ANC Today

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  • Looks like an artichoke.

    February 22, 2009