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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]
proteaceous adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Protea mellifera, honeyflower, honey-flower - Australian shrub whose flowers yield honey copiously
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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New Protea Hotels opened during the second quarter of the year after Marriott acquired the Protea Hospitality Holding in April this year, including Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower in Lusaka, Zambia and Protea Hotel Select Ikeja in Lagos.
The results include the recently acquired Protea Hospitality Holding for the first time since the hotelier's acquisition at the start of the year.
Protea Hotels, operated in Namibia by United Africa Group as a franchise from Protea Hotels South Africa, reports to a new boss as of this week.
New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry News) Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - Marriott International has agreed to buy African hotel firm Protea Hospitality Holdings for $186 million.
and South Africa's Protea Hospitality Holdings announced today that they have signed definitive agreements for the purchase by Marriott of Protea's three brands and management company.