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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Examples of protea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the base was an assortment of flowers from around the world meant to signify global healing: there were North American peonies, South American roses, Asian delphiniums, European tulips, African garden roses, and Australian mink ice protea. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 18 June 2021 There’s also a huge exotic protea on the grounds that looks like a sunny pin cushion sent straight from Maui. Follow the winding path up to the pretty infinity pool and sink into a chaise lounge. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 25 May 2021 An antique silver ice bucket from Sesame + Lilies on the Oregon Coast holds a floral arrangement of fresh peonies, protea and eucalyptus. oregonlive, 27 Nov. 2020 Red / Pink Chrysanthemum, protea, poppy, and cock’s comb—any of these (or all of them) effortlessly come together for a bouquet that will take your love’s breath away. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 Here, the black centers on the anemone pops and the white protea looks almost downy. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 Throughout Palomar there are plantings of hardwoods, succulents, proteas, cycads, pollinator plants, rosebushes, palms, bamboos and legumes. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Aug. 2019 Examine the prolific flora of this vast nature reserve, including exotic proteas and other unusual species. National Geographic, 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, 7 Mar. 2019

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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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“Protea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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