Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stout erect Australian shrub, Telopea speciosissima, also T. oreades, of the Proteaceæ, bearing dense heads, some 3 inches broad, of brilliant crimson flowers. It is sometimes grown in greenhouses, but is not easily cultivated.
- n. A variety of the common camellia, with flowers resembling those of Anemone; anemone-flowered camellia.
- n. Any of several species of plants in the genus Telopea, native to southeastern Australia.
- n. A Y-shaped steel fencing post or stake
- n. tall shrub of eastern Australia having oblanceolate to obovate leaves and red flowers in compact racemes
- n. straggling shrub with narrow leaves and conspicuous red flowers in dense globular racemes
- From Dharug warada. (Wiktionary)
“I bought one the flower called the waratah while I was there and should have bought two or three of the other designs.”
“Bessie, said that she would be back soon; standing under the portico of the Post Office, surrounded by the flower sellers with their bunches of exuberant waratah, feathery wattle and sweet, sober-looking boronia, she let her mind travel back to Lashnagar and the acrid smoke of the green-wood fires, the pungency of the fish, the sharp tang of the salt winds pushed the heavy perfume of flowers aside.”
“That is exciting enough to take attention away even from the oysters, for the waratah, the handsomest wildflower of the world, is becoming rare around the cities.”
“Carried thus over the shoulder of an eager, flushed child, the waratah suggests another idea: it represents exactly the thyrsus of the Bacchanals of ancient legends.”
“The waratah is not at all a dainty, fragile flower, but a solid mass of bloom like the vegetable cauliflower; indeed, if you imagine a cauliflower of a vivid red colour, about the size of a pear and the shape of a heart, growing on a stalk six feet high, you will have some idea of the waratah.”
“An introduction to an Australian home -- Off to a picnic -- The wattle, the gum, the waratah -- The joys of the forest.”
“The waratah is of a brilliant red colour, growing single and stately on a high stalk.”
“IT has been the state's floral emblem since 1962 but, with the stroke of an artist's pen, Nathan Rees has replaced the waratah with the national flower of India.”
“United States jenny and simon waratah, New South Wales”
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