casuarina

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n casuarina any of various trees and shrubs of the genus Casuarina having jointed stems and whorls of scalelike leaves; some yield heavy hardwood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Casuarina (Bot) A genus of leafless trees or shrubs, with drooping branchlets of a rushlike appearance, mostly natives of Australia. Some of them are large, producing hard and heavy timber of excellent quality, called beefwood from its color.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n casuarina A genus of peculiar plants, of Australia and adjacent islands, nearly related to the birches and oaks, and constituting the natural order Casuarinaceæ. They are jointed leafless trees and shrubs, very much like gigantic horsetails or equisetums. Some of the species afford wood of extreme hardness, as the forest oak of Australia, C. suberosa, etc., and the she-oak, C. stricta. See beefwood.
    • n casuarina [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Casuarina kas-ū-ar-ēn′a a genus of Australian trees having thread-like, jointed, pendent branches, with small toothed sheaths at the joints, like the horse-tails—the Swamp-oak and She-oak belong to it, and its wood is the well-known Beef-wood.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., supposed to be named from the resemblance of the twigs to the feathers of the cassowary, of the genus Casuarius,

Usage

In literature:

They were buried in a little grove of Casuarinas behind my house.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
It was observed both on the Macquarie river and the Morumbidgee, that the casuarinae ceased at a particular point.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume I" by Charles Sturt
It was observed both on the Macquarie river and the Morumbidgee, that the casuarinae ceased at a particular point.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
We passed a few clumps of casuarinas and a few stunted trees with broad, poplar-like leaves.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
The scrub trending towards, and disappearing in, the S. W.: the Loranthus and the Myal in immense bushes; Casuarina frequent.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
We halted for the night upon a ridge timbered with casuarinae, and abounding in grass.
"Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central Australia And Overland" by Edward John Eyre
Their clubs are made of casuarina, and are powerful weapons.
"The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders" by Ernest Scott
Casuarinae now grew amongst the river trees, and reminded me of the banks of the Karaula in 1831.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia" by Thomas Mitchell
At sunset we were off Cape St. Lambert of the French and their Mount Casuarina was also seen.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
The tranquillity of this secluded spot, and the drooping trees of the casuarina equisetifolia, added to the mournful solemnity of the place.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
The CASUARINA REEF is a bank of sand and rocks, parts of which are dry, on which the sea occasionally breaks.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
Plant out Pines, and Casuarina, Cypress, Large-leaved fig, and the Laurel tribe.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
It is made of casuarina wood, and is generally three feet in length, an inch and a quarter broad, and half an inch thick.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
I found that these scrubs of casuarinae grew generally on rising grounds, and chiefly on their northern or eastern slopes.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
We next entered on a tract of grassy forest land, the trees being chiefly box and casuarinae.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Casuarinas should be planted in holes four feet deep, and certainly not less than that depth if a safe and rapid growth is desired.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
Cyclodus casuarinae, Dumeril and Bibron Erp.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
Here they were able to land and erect a tent, hidden from the sea by a grove of casuarina bushes.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
Turning in the direction from which it proceeded, I saw a little to the right three figures upon the ground at the foot of a large casuarina.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
The presence of casuarinas high up in the middle of the island is peculiar.
"In the Andamans and Nicobars" by C. Boden Kloss
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In poetry:

Why come you,
Wind from the sea,
Singing through
The casuarina tree?
"The Casuarina Tree (Southern Rhodesia)" by Cicely Fox Smith
Whence came you,
Wind from the sea,
Singing through
The casuarina tree?
"The Casuarina Tree (Southern Rhodesia)" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

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Loftin's at Casa Casuarina .
Gianni Versace 's lavish South Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, has been put on the market for $125million.
South Beach's Casa Casuarina _ once owned by clothing designer Gianni Versace , who was killed in front of the property in 1997 _ is listed for $125 million.
Kathy from Mariah Joy delivers the weekly message during Beach Church at the shady Cathedral of the Casuarinas, in George-Town, in the Bahamas.
Wooden box with casuarina-scented pebbles, $30, India Hicks Island Living ( Sugar Mill Trading Company, Bay St.
This undated photo made available by Casa Casuarina shows the pool of Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach, Fla.
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