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mac·a·da·mi·a / ˌmakəˈdāmēə/ •
n. an Australian tree (genus Macadamia, family Proteaceae) with glossy evergreen leaves and globular edible nuts. Several species include M. integrifolia and M. tetraphylla, cultivated for their nuts. ∎ (also macadamia nut) the edible nut of this tree.
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Macadamia (family Proteaceae)
A genus of shrubs and trees that yield oily, edible seeds. There are 9 species. One is found in Madagascar
, 1 in Celebes, 3 in New Caledonia
, and 5 in Australia
. M. integrifolia
and M. tetraphylla
are cultivated, providing the delicious Queensland nut, or macadamia.
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Genus of Australian trees of the family Proteaceae. Most species have stiff, oblong, lance-like leaves. The edible seeds are round, hard-shelled nuts, covered by thick husks that split when ripe. Height: to 18m (60ft).