any of a genus (Casuarina) of trees of the casuarina family native chiefly to Australia, esp. a species (C. equisetifolia) with jointed, green branchlets that bear whorls of scalelike leaves; beefwood; Australian pine
Origin of casuarinaModern Latin from Malay kasu?r?, cassowary: so named because the twigs are similar to the bird's feathers
designating a family (Casuarinaceae, order Casuarinales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, having slender, drooping branches
Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Casuarina native to Australia, Southeast Asia, and neighboring islands, having jointed needlelike branchlets, scalelike whorled leaves, and small fruits grouped in woody conelike structures. Also called Australian pine .
Origin of casuarinaNew Latin Casuarīna genus name, coined by German botanist Georg Eberhard Rumphius (1627-1702) after Dutch Kasuarisboom casuarina (literally, “cassowary tree,” from the resemblance of its drooping twigs to the feathers of the cassowary) from kasuaris cassowary from New Latin casuarius from Malay kasauri ; see cassowary.
From Malay kasuari (“cassowary”), from the resemblance of the leaves to the bird's feathers.