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A genus of the family Asteraceae (Compositae) consisting of evergreen shrubs and trees bearing clusters of daisy-like white, mauve, etc., flowers, native to Australasia and often grown in coastal districts elsewhere; (also olearia) a tree or shrub of this genus (also called daisy bush, daisy tree).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Don (1798–1856), botanist and plant collector. From scientific Latin Olearia from the name of Johann Gottfried Olearius (Latinized form of the German surname Ölschläger; 1635–1711), German theologian and horticulturist + -a.
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