cajeput

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noun caj·e·put \ˈka-jə-pət, -ˌpu̇t\
variants: or

cajeput tree

Definition of cajeput

  1. :  an Australian and southeast Asian tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia synonym M. leucadendron) of the myrtle family that yields a pungent medicinal oil and has been introduced into Florida

Origin and Etymology of cajeput

ultimately from Malay kayu putih, from kayu wood, tree + putih white


First Known Use: 1794


Medical Dictionary

cajeput

noun caj·e·put
variants: also

cajuput

\ˈkaj-ə-pət, -ˌpu̇t\play

Medical Definition of cajeput

  1. :  an Australian and southeast Asian tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia synonym M. leucadendron) of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that yields a pungent medicinal oil and has been introduced into Florida—called also paperbark

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