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 Casuar&imacron;na, genus name, from Malay kesuari, cassowary (from the resemblance of its twigs to the drooping feathers of the cassowary).
From Malay kasuari (“cassowary”), from the resemblance of the leaves to the bird's feathers.