Definition of grevillea in US English:

grevillea

noun

  • An evergreen tree or shrub bearing conspicuous flowers that lack petals, most kinds of which are native to Australia.

    Genus Grevillea, family Proteaceae

    • ‘Acacias, grevilleas and melaleucas need careful annual pruning to keep them busy and attractive and should be replaced when they are no longer so.’
    • ‘The fern-leaved grevillea or honey wattle, Grevillea pteridifolia (family Proteaceae), is a slender tree with fine silvery leaves and brilliant orange flowers.’
    • ‘Noisy Miners were significantly more common in gardens that contained eucalypts, but they were no more common in gardens with grevilleas, unless those gardens also contained eucalypts.’
    • ‘Native plants with needle-like leaves or those with a small surface area such as many callistemons, grevilleas and hakeas are also reliable in heat.’
    • ‘It grows to over 1.5m but should, like all grevilleas, be pruned back to prevent it from becoming straggly.’

Origin

Modern Latin, named after Charles F. Greville (1749–1809), Scottish horticulturalist.

Pronunciation

grevillea

/ɡriˈvilēə/