• WordNet 3.6
    • n banksia any shrub or tree of the genus Banksia having alternate leathery leaves apetalous yellow flowers often in showy heads and conelike fruit with winged seeds
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n banksia A genus of shrubs or trees, for the most part of small size, of the natural order Proteaceæ, natives of western extra-tropical Australia and Tasmania, where with other shrubs of the same order they constitute most of the so-called “scrub.” The foliage is hard and dry, and extremely variable in form, and the flowers form close cylindrical heads resembling bottle-brushes. Many species have been cultivated in European conservatories and gardens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Banksia bangk′sia a genus of Australian shrubs, named in honour of Sir Joseph Banks (1744-1820).
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In literature:

If you will not let me be a married man, I must be an engaged one, either to you or to the little Banksia.
"The Clever Woman of the Family" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Mrs. Thorne was standing there, and I asked if it wasn't a Banksia.
"The Rich Mrs. Burgoyne" by Kathleen Norris
Forms abrupt precipices over the river flats; of sterile appearance, and covered with Banksias and scrub.
"Two Expeditions in the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume II" by Charles Sturt
Forms abrupt precipices over the river flats; of sterile appearance, and covered with Banksias and scrub.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
The timber comprised nonda, grevillea, banksia, tea-tree, mahogany, and many other tropical trees not known.
"The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine" by Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
A larger Honey-eater, with grey mottled plumage, generally found on the Banksia, and not very common.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
All the timber is small, and consists of the usual Eucalypti, Banksiae, etc.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
In the valley I saw the Banksia for the first time since we left the Lachlan.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
The Duchess mounted the double staircase where the banksia already hung in a golden curtain over the marble balustrade.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
As we passed through to supper, I plucked a spray of yellow Banksia rose, and put it in my buttonhole.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds

In news:

Banksias would sooner perish than open their mature seed capsules in a cool environment, and, many do.
Many Banksia species have a somewhat delayed life cycle—they require six years or more to flower, fruit, and seed.

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