pro·​tea | \ ˈprō-tē-ə How to pronounce protea (audio) \

Definition of protea

: any of a genus (Protea of the family Proteaceae, the protea family) of African evergreen shrubs often grown as ornamentals for their showy bracts and dense flower heads

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Throughout Palomar there are plantings of hardwoods, succulents, proteas, cycads, pollinator plants, rosebushes, palms, bamboos and legumes. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Palomar College’s arboretum to reopen with access-for-all trails in September," 11 Aug. 2019 Examine the prolific flora of this vast nature reserve, including exotic proteas and other unusual species. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 Born and raised in South Africa, Skok developed one collection around some of the country’s native plants, like spindly green fynbos and spiky pink King protea. House Beautiful, "There's Pattern in Every Room of This Designer's Happy Home," 7 Mar. 2019 Sofia Barozzi of Il Profumo dei Fiori created the floral arrangements, which included three types of roses (English, spray, and avalanche), hydrangea, dahlias, clematis, magnolia, white protea, and ferns. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Took Over a Small Town in Italy for Their Medieval-Inspired Wedding," 28 Feb. 2019 New research suggests that many plants that have adapted well to a fiery landscape or indeed need fire to reproduce, such as some pines, eucalypts and proteas, first appeared around this time, some 90 million years ago. Andrew C. Scott, Time, "When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By 'Discover'," 1 June 2018 Vendors from across the county will supply an array of plants ranging from succulents, veggies, annuals and perennials to Staghorn ferns, bromeliads and proteas. Linda Mcintosh,, "Gala raises $170K for Boys & Girls Club," 11 May 2018 And while there are plenty of coniferous greens and bright red berries to go around, these also include unexpected shades of pink and purple and queen proteas. Vogue, "7 Unusual Winter Flower Arrangements—And Vases—That Are Perfect for the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of protea

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protea

New Latin, from Latin Proteus Proteus

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