Definition of proteaceous in English:

proteaceous

adjective

Botany
  • Of, relating to, or designating the family Proteaceae, which comprises evergreen trees and shrubs native chiefly to southern Africa and Australia, typified by the genus Protea.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Helen Maria Williams (1761–1827), writer. From scientific Latin Protea, genus name + -aceous, after scientific Latin Proteaceae, family name. Compare earlier scientific Latin Proteae, order name (A. L. de Jussieu Genera Plantarum 78).

Pronunciation

proteaceous

/ˌprəʊtɪˈeɪʃəs/