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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.

[After Sir Joseph Banks.]
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(Plants) any shrub or tree of the Australian genus Banksia, having long leathery evergreen leaves and dense cylindrical heads of flowers that are often red or yellowish: family Proteaceae. See also honeysuckle3
[C19: New Latin, named after Sir Joseph Banks]
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(ˈbæŋk si ə)

n., pl. -si•as.
any Australian shrub or tree of the genus Banksia, of the protea family, having alternate leaves and dense cylindrical flower heads.
[< New Latin (1782), after Sir Joseph Banks]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banksia - any shrub or tree of the genus Banksia having alternate leathery leaves apetalous yellow flowers often in showy heads and conelike fruit with winged seedsbanksia - 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
genus Banksia - important genus of Australian evergreen shrubs or trees with alternate leathery leaves and yellowish flowers
Australian honeysuckle, Banksia integrifolia, coast banksia, honeysuckle - shrubby tree with silky foliage and spikes of cylindrical yellow nectarous flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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