eucalyptus

noun
eu·​ca·​lyp·​tus | \ ˌyü-kə-ˈlip-təs How to pronounce eucalyptus (audio) \
plural eucalypti\ ˌyü-​kə-​ˈlip-​ˌtī How to pronounce eucalypti (audio) , -​ˌtē \ or eucalyptuses

Definition of eucalyptus

: 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

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All the empty tree spaces will be refilled with young eucalyptuses. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport council OKs plan to remove some Balboa Island trees and test others," 11 Sep. 2019 Burned trees behind piles of logs at a eucalyptus plantation in Porto Velho on Aug. 26. Matt Sandy, Time, "Bearing Witness as Brazil's Amazon Burns," 1 Sep. 2019 The stage of the National Theatre in London is framed with eucalyptus branches and bathed in a warm golden light. I.w., The Economist, "A haunting adaptation of “The Secret River”," 30 Aug. 2019 In a 2014 study by University of California psychologists, students looked up at a grove of 200-feet-tall Tasmanian blue gum eucalyptus trees on Berkeley’s campus for one minute. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 Historical afforestation efforts have introduced damaging non-native plant species including the eucalyptus which had a destructive impact on land, caused soil acidity, and destroyed nearby plants because of their speedy growth. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "Planting millions more trees might not be the way to tackle Ethiopia’s environmental problems," 1 Aug. 2019 But officials are warning Tuesday that forecasts for afternoon temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius and gusting winds could drive the flames further through dense pine and eucalyptus forests on hilly terrain. Washington Post, "Portugal officials: major wildfire is mostly under control," 23 July 2019 Climate change will require koalas to supplement their water intake from eucalyptus with drinking stations and was encouraging sockeye salmon to leave their natal lakes a year early. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 Tucked within a eucalyptus forest, Scripps Ranch mixes homes, business parks and retail centers with a lake, walking trails and ballparks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scripps Ranch: Family-friendly spot set in an imported eucalyptus forest," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of eucalyptus

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eucalyptus

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, from Greek eu- eu- + kalyptós "covered," verbal adjective of kalýptein "to cover, protect, conceal"; so named for the operculum that covers the developing buds — more at apocalypse

Note: The genus name was introduced by the French botanist Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) in Sertum Anglicum, seu Plantae rariores quæ in hortis juxta Londinum, imprimis in Horto Regio Kewensi excoluntur (London, 1788), p. 11. According to E.V. Slee et al., EUCLID: Eucalypts of Australia, 3rd edition (on-line publication), the specimen of Eucalyptus obliqua which L'Héritier described in Kew Gardens had been procured in 1777 by the botanical collector David Nelson at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, on James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific.

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eucalyptus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eucalyptus

: 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

noun
eu·​ca·​lyp·​tus | \ ˌyü-kə-ˈlip-təs How to pronounce eucalyptus (audio) \
plural eucalypti\ -​ˌtī \ or eucalyptuses

Kids Definition of eucalyptus

: a tree mainly of Australia that is widely grown for its timber, gums, and oils

eucalyptus

noun
eu·​ca·​lyp·​tus | \ ˌyü-kə-ˈlip-təs How to pronounce eucalyptus (audio) \

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
2 plural eucalypti\ -​ˌtī How to pronounce eucalypti (audio) , -​ˌtē How to pronounce eucalypti (audio)\ or eucalyptuses : any tree or shrub of the genus Eucalyptus

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