from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various Australian evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Banksia, having narrow, spiny or toothed leaves, showy, dense clusters of usually yellow flowers, and small fruits in conelike clusters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A plant belonging to the genus Banksia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of shrubs or trees, for the most part of small size, of the natural order Proteaceæ, natives of western extra-tropical Australia and Tasmania, where with other shrubs of the same order they constitute most of the so-called “scrub.”

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

  • n. any shrub or tree of the genus Banksia having alternate leathery leaves apetalous yellow flowers often in showy heads and conelike fruit with winged seeds


After Sir Joseph Banks.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name Banksia. (Wiktionary)



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  • "She could make perfect pictures: twisted white eucalypts at a corner of a white road near Cooma, bristling khaki banksias in the foot-burning sand at Coolum, Gymea lilies in the scrub around Dural, like burning weapons on long shafts placed defiantly to warn intruders."
    —Peter Carey, Illywhacker, 527

    April 18, 2009