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Any of numerous trees or shrubs of the family Proteaceae, especially a shrub of the southern African genus Protea having large conelike flower heads with showy bracts.
[New Latin Prōtea, genus name, from Latin Prōteus, the shape-shifting god Proteus (in reference to the great variation in floral shape and color shown by species of the genus ); see Proteus.]
(Plants) any shrub or small tree of the genus Protea, of tropical and southern Africa, having flowers with coloured bracts arranged in showy heads: family Proteaceae
[C20: from New Latin, from Proteus, referring to the large number of different forms of the plant]
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|Noun||1.||protea - any tropical African shrub of the genus Protea having alternate rigid leaves and dense colorful flower heads resembling cones|
genus Protea - type genus of Proteaceae; tropical African shrubs
honeypot, king protea, Protea cynaroides - South African shrub whose flowers when open are cup-shaped resembling artichokes