Definition of casuarina in US English:



  • A tree with slender, jointed, drooping twigs that resemble horsetails and bear tiny scale-like leaves. It is native to Australia and Southeast Asia, and is a valuable source of timber and firewood.

    Genus Casuarina, family Casuarinaceae

    • ‘With a fair wind it's a four hour crossing to the island, distinguishable from surrounding islands thanks to the casuarina trees planted by the Portuguese.’
    • ‘At windswept Banshee Bay, our campsite beneath the casuarina trees was made comfortable by some beachcomber's driftwood furniture.’
    • ‘Further down are the remains of what used to be a casuarina grove.’
    • ‘Green lawns run along on either side, punctuated with water filled ponds and fountains, and surrounded by orderly rows of eucalyptus and casuarina.’
    • ‘There were mangoes and cherries and quinces and apples and apricots and almonds, and beyond the orchards there were thickets of tamarisk and casuarina as well as groves of mulberry trees belonging to the silk farmers.’
    • ‘There was nothing on it but a little scrub, some casuarinas along the fence near the beach, and one big cashew tree.’
    • ‘For instance, in the International Airport area, trees such as neem, tamarind, casuarina and ficus, which absorb sound extremely well, are recommended.’
    • ‘Planting makes use of indigenous species, like the frothy casuarinas (feathery tree native to Australia) along the northern edges of the site and the native grasses which cover low earth berms around the range.’
    • ‘Straggly dusk-colored casuarinas, lush pisonias, and coconut palms take hold as the island grows large enough to nourish them.’
    • ‘Pure chance has covered Phi Phi Lay in dark green casuarinas, bamboo, pandani, and palms.’
    • ‘The cicadas make themselves known on these hot days, as well, and they're quite loud from the casuarina trees immediately behind the sand.’
    • ‘Thickets of flamboya, casuarina and sweet coconut give way to the arid Palmyra palm.’
    • ‘Following the line of the coast the road is narrow, uniformly fringed with spiky gold crotons, banked with thick hedges of frangipani and hibiscus, and draped with feathery casuarina known to islanders as ironwood or Toa.’
    • ‘The island is home to troops of long-tailed macaques that live on the mangosteens, rambutans, jambus, mata kucings, and other fruits thriving among the groves of palm and dense thickets of casuarina and barrington trees.’
    • ‘A parrot perches on the water tap, bends to coax drops from the steel mouth, then is gone in a green flash, fleeing a shadow - a hawk, which sails to the top of a casuarina tree.’
    • ‘Bermuda extends 21 square miles, and much of it is covered by introduced species like the casuarinas tree, an import from Australia.’
    • ‘Even casuarina trees on wayside were cut and shaped in the form of animals.’
    • ‘The study area featured extensive coastal woodland of predominantly casuarina, manchineel, mahogany, and coconut trees that provide the doves with roosting, nesting, and foraging sites.’
    • ‘Their habitat is Casuarina forest and woodland and their diet is not surprisingly almost exclusively the seeds of casuarinas, with the occasional insect and the odd eucalypt, angophora, hakea and acacia seed thrown in.’
    • ‘This bird is a ground forager, feeding on proteas, casuarinas and other small trees.’


From modern Latin casuarius ‘cassowary’ (from the resemblance of the branches to the bird's feathers).