casuarina

noun

ca·​su·​a·​ri·​na ˌka-zhə-(wə-)ˈrē-nə How to pronounce casuarina (audio)
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of casuarina was in 1777

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Cite this Entry

“Casuarina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/casuarina. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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