from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of various shrubs and trees of the peculiar, chiefly Australian, genus Casuarina.
- n. Beer made in Australia or other English colonies.
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- n. any of several Australian trees of the genus Casuarina
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Toby: it's the one called "she-oak" though that term is not in colloquial usage in Hawaii.
They had chummed together on the seventy-odd-mile tramp from Melbourne; had boiled a common billy and slept side by side in rain-soaked blankets, under the scanty hair of a she-oak.
Here and there stood a solitary she-oak, most doleful of trees, its scraggy, pine-needle foliage bleached to grey.
Casuarina equisetifolia (she-oak) Avicennia officinalis (white mangrove).
Known as swamp she-oak in its native Australia, Casuarina glauca grows in difficult, saline sites inhospitable to many other trees.
The tree there resembles our common mountain fir: it is exactly like it in the bark; but it is called by the settlers, _the she-oak_.
Near the head of the river, on the point, was a plantation of she-oak.
I recrossed Batman's Creek, and travelled over thinly-timbered country of box, gum, wattle, and she-oak, with grass three of four feet high.
I say, Joan, you remember the old Eight Mile Water-hole on Dingo Flat – middle of the patch of flooded gum and she-oak – that the Blacks used to say had no bottom to it?
When the wattle-blooms are drooping in the sombre she-oak glade,
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