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 There’s a coral tree, a banksia, a puka, a Blackwood acacia and three different palms. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Finding refuge, relaxation on quirky Bay Area walks," 25 May 2020 Unfortunately for the banksia, its roots had apparently led to the formation of cracks in a retaining wall, and one of its two trunks had been cut to the stump. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Finding refuge, relaxation on quirky Bay Area walks," 25 May 2020 The carpenter bees need the longstanding banksias to carry them through multiple seasons. National Geographic, "60 hours on burning Kangaroo Island," 17 Jan. 2020 The banksia plant, which the bees use for nests, have burned. Anchorage Daily News, "A billion animals might have been caught in Australia’s wildfires. Some could go extinct.," 10 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of banksia

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banksia

New Latin, genus name, from Sir Joseph Banks

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The first known use of banksia was in 1783

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Cite this Entry

“Banksia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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