Definition of protea noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊtiə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊtiə//
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  1. 1a type of bush found in South Africa with large flowers with thick orange or pink outer leaves
  2. 2the flower itself, which is one of South Africa’s national symbols
  3. Word Originmodern Latin, from Proteus, a minor sea god in Greek mythology who had the ability to assume different shapes; with reference to the many species of the genus.