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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large Australian genus of plants, belonging to the follicular section of the Proteaceæ, tribe Grevilleeæ, and distinguished from Grevillea by its axillary inflorescence and samaroid seeds.

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  • n. Australian shrubs and small trees with evergreen usually spiny leaves and dense clusters of showy flowers

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  • "In class that afternoon he sat with the cockatoo who, having entered an alien universe, was ministered to as a royal guest, was brought gifts of hakea pods and pine cones, was permitted to screech and shit, and was thus given the illusion that it was a god, being waited on by superstitious savages."

    —Peter Carey, Illywhacker, 305

    (For more on the cockatoo, see casuarina.)

    April 16, 2009