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casuarina


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Casuarina  \Cas`u*a*ri"na\,  n.  [NL.,  supposed  to  be  named  from 
  the  resemblance  of  the  twigs  to  the  feathers  of  the 
  cassowary,  of  the  genus  {Casuarius}.]  (Bot.) 
  A  genus  of  leafless  trees  or  shrubs,  with  drooping  branchlets 
  of  a  rushlike  appearance,  mostly  natives  of  Australia.  Some 
  of  them  are  large  producing  hard  and  heavy  timber  of 
  excellent  quality,  called  {beefwood}  from  its  color. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  casuarina 
  n  :  any  of  various  trees  and  shrubs  of  the  genus  Casuarina 
  having  jointed  horsetaillike  stems  and  whorls  of 
  scalelike  leaves;  some  yield  heavy  hardwood 




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