bank·​sia | \ ˈbaŋ(k)-sē-ə How to pronounce banksia (audio) \

Definition of banksia

: any of a genus (Banksia) of Australian evergreen trees or shrubs of the protea family with alternate leathery leaves and flowers in dense cylindrical heads

Examples of banksia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Rainbow lorikeets and bright pink galah cockatoos flitted between eucalyptus trees and banksia blossoms that resembled giant yellow and orange candles. Margo Pfeiff,, "Coastal road trip in Western Australia is a dream come true," 25 Feb. 2018 Some plants, like banksia, release seeds out of woody capsules when heated, while others, including some orchids, flower after stimulation by a fire. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, "Why the Forest Doesn’t Fear the Fire," 22 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'banksia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of banksia

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banksia

New Latin, genus name, from Sir Joseph Banks

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about banksia

Statistics for banksia

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for banksia

The first known use of banksia was in 1783

See more words from the same year

Comments on banksia

What made you want to look up banksia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


miscellaneous remnants or debris

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!