Definition of eucalyptus
eucalyptiplay \ˌyü-kə-ˈlip-ˌtī, -ˌtē\ or
: any of a genus (Eucalyptus) of mostly Australian evergreen trees or rarely shrubs of the myrtle family that have rigid entire leaves and umbellate flowers and are widely cultivated for their gums, resins, oils, and woods
Recent Examples of eucalyptus from the Web
Apply an insect repellent with DEET, IR 3535, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to product instructions.
While this may sound like a normal animal behavior, koalas typically consume only eucalyptus leaves, which has historically been their primary source of both moisture and nutrition.
The forest industry, especially the production of paper pulp, accounts for around 3 percent of GDP, but ecologists lambast authorities for permitting excessive planting of eucalyptus in particular.
The CDC and EPA's recommended alternatives to DEET are oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin and IR3535, which are derived from natural products or mimic compounds found in nature.
Vejar, of Oakland, Calif., discusses unusual non-flower natural dyes like onion, rhubarb and eucalyptus.
An author lived for a time in a modern house behind mine, on the other side of a eucalyptus grove.
A repellent containing oil of lemon eucalyptus and one with 20-percent picaridin as active ingredients were also recommended.
Branches of eucalyptus dotted with early berries and swirly Woolly bush picked up the movement—and the sage greens and white—of the water.
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EUCALYPTUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eucalyptus for English Language Learners
: a type of tree that grows naturally in western Australia and that is grown in other places for the products (such as wood and oil) that it provides
EUCALYPTUS Defined for Kids
Definition of eucalyptus for Students
: a tree mainly of Australia that is widely grown for its timber, gums, and oils
Medical Definition of eucalyptus
1 capitalized : a genus of mostly Australian evergreen trees or rarely shrubs of the myrtle family that have rigid entire leaves and umbellate flowers and are widely cultivated for their gums, resins, oils, and useful woods
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