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waratah

Line breaks: wara|tah
Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːrətɑː
 
, ˌwɒrəˈtɑː
 
/

Definition of waratah in English:

noun

An Australian shrub which bears slender leathery leaves and clusters of crimson flowers.
  • Genus Telopea, family Proteaceae: several species, in particular T. speciosissima, which is the emblem of New South Wales
Example sentences
  • The Bangalow palm, the waratah, the fire-wheel flower, the banksia and the Sturt desert pea are all accurately captured in the painting.
  • Flowers were widely used in design, particularly from the 1880s, when motifs based on the waratah, wattle, bottlebrush, and eucalyptus were popular.
  • The spectrum of Australian flowers is amazing; some like waratahs large and obvious, others like thryptomene small but charming; seen close up, many are exquisite.

Origin

late 18th century: from Dharuk warata.

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