Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Banksia of Australia and New Guinea, having dense spikes of usually yellowish or reddish flowers and fruits in conelike clusters.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A plant belonging to the genus Banksia.

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

  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

After Sir Joseph Banks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the genus name Banksia.

Examples

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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