cajeput

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noun caj·e·put \ ˈka-jə-pət , -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

Origin and Etymology of cajeput

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


Medical Dictionary

cajeput

noun caj·e·put
variants: also cajuput play \ˈkaj-ə-pət, -ˌpu̇t\

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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