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casuarina

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noun ca·su·a·ri·na \ˌka-zhə-(wə-)ˈrē-nə\

Definition of casuarina

  1. :  any of a genus (Casuarina of the family Casuarinaceae) of dicotyledonous chiefly Australian trees which have whorls of scalelike leaves and jointed stems resembling horsetails and some of which yield a heavy hard wood



Origin and Etymology of casuarina

New Latin, genus name, from Malay (pohon) kĕsuari, literally, cassowary tree; from the resemblance of its twigs to cassowary feathers


First Known Use: 1777


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