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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 Proteaceæ and tribe Proteeæ.
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- n. any tropical African shrub of the genus Protea having alternate rigid leaves and dense colorful flower heads resembling cones
Named after Proteus, the Greek warden of sea beasts, renowned for his ability to change shape. (Wiktionary)