casuarina definition

  • noun:
    • See beefwood.
    • some of a few woods, of genus Casuarina, having segmented stems; especially the ironwood and beefwood
    • A genus of leafless trees or bushes, with sagging branchlets of a rushlike look, mostly locals of Australian Continent. Many of them tend to be large, creating hard and hefty wood of exceptional quality, called beefwood from the shade.
    • A genus of strange flowers, of Australia and adjacent countries, nearly associated with the birches and oaks, and constituting the normal order Casuarinace√¶.
    • [lowercase] A plant of the genus.
    • any one of various bushes of the genus Casuarina having jointed stems and whorls of scalelike leaves; some yield heavy hardwood

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