casuarina

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

Definition of casuarina

: 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

First Known Use of casuarina

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for casuarina

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

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“Casuarina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/casuarina. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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