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(Plants) any evergreen shrub of the genus Embothrium, esp E. coccineum, native to South America but widely cultivated as an ornamental for its scarlet flowers: family Proteaceae. Also called: Chilean firebush
[C19: from em- + Greek bothrion small pit (referring to its anthers)]
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|Noun||1.||Embothrium - small genus of South American evergreen shrubs or small trees with long willowy branches and flowers in flamboyant terminal clusters|
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
family Proteaceae, protea family, Proteaceae - large family of Australian and South African shrubs and trees with leathery leaves and clustered mostly tetramerous flowers; constitutes the order Proteales
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