• WordNet 3.6
    • n Hakea Australian shrubs and small trees with evergreen usually spiny leaves and dense clusters of showy flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hakea A large Australian genus of plants, belonging to the follicular section of the Proteaceæ, tribe Grevilleeæ, and distinguished from Grevillea by its axillary inflorescence and samaroid seeds. The species, nearly 100 in number, are all evergreen shrubs or small trees with alternate, coriaceous, variously lobed, often spiny leaves. They are ornamental in cultivation, and several have acquired special names: for example, H. ulicina is called native furze; H. laurina, cushion-flower; H. acicularis lissosperma, native pear; and H. flexilis, twine-bush. The genus is found in the fossil state in a number of Tertiary beds in Europe.
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In literature:

While on the sand hills, the general covering of which was spinifex, there were a few hakea and low shrubs.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
Here I first met with Hakea lorea, R.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Hakea arborescens, R. Br.
"Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart" by John McDouall Stuart
At 1.30 p.m. resumed an easterly route across a sandy plain, yielding little but hakea and triodia.
"Journals of Australian Explorations" by A C and F T Gregory
Proteaceae : Hakea arborescens.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
This is the case, for example, in the Intichiuma of the Hakea flower among the Arunta.
"The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" by Emile Durkheim

In science:

In mixed heathland (comprising heath, scrub and gorse in New Zealand and mixed species including Banksia, Hakea and Allocasuarina in Australia), fuel age ranged from 5-25 years.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models