Casuarina meaning

kăzho͝o-ə-rīnə
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.
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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.
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Designating a family (Casuarinaceae, order Casuarinales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, having slender, drooping branches.
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Any of several trees, of the genus Casuarina, that have segmented stems; especially the ironwood and beefwood.
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Origin of casuarina

  • New Latin Casuarīna genus name from Malay kesuari cassowary (from the resemblance of its twigs to the drooping feathers of the cassowary)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Malay kasuari (“cassowary”), from the resemblance of the leaves to the bird's feathers.

    From Wiktionary