Definition of blackboy in English:



  • An Australian tree or erect shrub with long, stiff grasslike leaves. Flowering in some species is stimulated by fire.

    Genus Xanthorrhoea, family Xanthorrhoeaceae: several species, including a tree (X. preissii) with a thick dark trunk and a palmlike crown of leaves, and a shrub (X. australis) with a short buried trunk and leaves on the surface of the ground

    Also called grass tree
    • ‘But then the impression is spiked by a ‘blackboy’ at the roadside, a stout trunk sprouting grass, and by the ragged-barked trees that just don't behave as they do at home.’
    • ‘Well just here you've got the grass tree, or as some people used to call them, blackboys.’