Any member of the genus Hakea (family Proteaceae), comprising trees and shrubs native to Australia, many of which have needle-like or spiny leaves and pincushion-like compound inflorescences with projecting stigmas; a needlebush or needlewood. Also (in form Hakea): the genus itself.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. From scientific Latin Hakea (H. A. Schrader & J. C. Wendland, 1797 (Sertum Hannoveranum I. iii. 27); 1799 as Hackea) from the name of Christian Ludewig von Hake, minister of the Electorate of Hanover + scientific Latin -a.