any of a genus (Protea) of mostly tropical, evergreen shrubs and small trees of the protea family, with very large, colorful flowers resembling sunflowers
Origin of proteaModern Latin from Classical Latin Proteus (see Proteus), with reference, refer to the wide variety of forms among its species
designating a family (Proteaceae, order Proteales) of ornamental, dicotyledonous trees, shrubs, and plants, including banksia
Any of numerous trees or shrubs of the family Proteaceae, especially a shrub of the southern African genus Protea having large conelike flower heads with showy bracts.
Origin of proteaNew Latin Prōtea genus name from Latin Prōteus the shape-shifting god Proteus ( in reference to the great variation in floral shape and color shown by species of the genus ); see Proteus .
- Any of many South African flowering plants, of the genus Protea, having colourful cone-shaped flower heads.
OriginSee also: Proteas