cajeput

noun
caj·​e·​put | \ ˈka-jə-pət How to pronounce cajeput (audio) , -ˌpu̇t \
variants: or cajeput tree

Definition of cajeput

: 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

Examples of cajeput in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Menthol and Olbas oil (a mixture of peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, wintergreen, juniper, and clove) may cause redness and irritation to the eyes. Philly.com, 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of cajeput

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cajeput

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

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“Cajeput.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cajeput. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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cajeput

noun
caj·​e·​put
variants: also cajuput \ ˈkaj-​ə-​pət, -​ˌpu̇t How to pronounce cajeput (audio) \

Medical Definition of cajeput

: 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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