from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of myrtaceous plants, of a single species, B. pulcherrimum, a shrub inhabiting southwestern Australia.
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BALUSTER (through the Fr. from the Ital. _balaustro_, so-called from a supposed likeness to the flower of the [Greek: balaustion], or wild pomegranate; the word has been corrupted in English into "banister"), a small moulded shaft, square or circular, in stone or wood and sometimes in metal, supporting the coping of a parapet or the rail of a staircase, an assemblage of them being known as a balustrade.