Meaning of waratah in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɒrətɑː/


  • An Australian shrub which bears slender leathery leaves and clusters of crimson flowers.

    Genus Telopea, family Proteaceae: several species, in particular T. speciosissima, which is the emblem of New South Wales

    ‘The Bangalow palm, the waratah, the fire-wheel flower, the banksia and the Sturt desert pea are all accurately captured in the painting.’
    • ‘Flowers were widely used in design, particularly from the 1880s, when motifs based on the waratah, wattle, bottlebrush, and eucalyptus were popular.’
    • ‘The spectrum of Australian flowers is amazing; some like waratahs large and obvious, others like thryptomene small but charming; seen close up, many are exquisite.’
    • ‘There, in the vines at the foot of the waratah shrub, he died of his wounds.’
    • ‘The native waratah that was grown around Sydney, the Dharawal people, which is my people, actually used that as a substitute for mother's milk.’
    • ‘Occasionally they borrowed indigenous names, as with kurrajong and waratah.’


Late 18th century from Dharuk warata.