eucalyptus

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

Examples of eucalyptus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And restored eucalyptus trees, reclaimed after dying elsewhere in the park, stand in for benches. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Iconic Balboa Park tree, fenced off since 1989, now has a viewing platform," 30 Apr. 2021 James Lofthouse, a pharmacist in the English port of Fleetwood, used eucalyptus and menthol to concoct the product in 1865 as a remedy for congestion and other cold symptoms. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "English Pharmacy Worker Made Fisherman’s Friend a Global Hit," 9 Apr. 2021 Plus, the eucalyptus accents are aesthetically pleasing and emit an appealing aroma. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Easter Flower Arrangements to Elevate Your Table Setting—Starting at $26," 31 Mar. 2021 Next, mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, peppermint or tea tree oil work great) with two cups of water and spray the baseboards and windows. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of ants," 3 Apr. 2021 Elizabeth Heath reports in the Washington Post that visitors will be able to replant eucalyptus trees, survey coral growth and more amid efforts to help the country recover. Los Angeles Times, "Spot unique art and architecture across L.A. County with these adventures," 25 Mar. 2021 And for those who aren’t interested in counting coral, petting koalas or planting eucalyptus trees, there are more passive ways to give back. Washington Post, "Post-fire Australia will provide travelers with more opportunities for ‘restorative tourism’," 18 Mar. 2021 This bouquet of pink and ivory roses with carnations, hydrangea and eucalyptus is the stuff their spring dreams are made of. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "18 beautiful flower arrangements to send this Easter," 26 Mar. 2021 Everything about this wine is powerful from the brambling aroma elevated by eucalyptus to the concentrated dark fruit (black cherry and raspberry) driving this complex, layered wine. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, "Where Truffles And Wine Reign," 19 Mar. 2021

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

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