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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Examples of eucalyptus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Southern Chile is known for its acres of fragrant eucalyptus and pine, the core of its lucrative timber industry. Eduardo Thomson, Bloomberg.com, "Amid Fire and Clashes, Chile’s Mapuche See Road to Reparations," 15 Oct. 2020 Ikea’s Applaro line of garden furniture is made from durable acacia and eucalyptus wood. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "Don’t give up on the outdoor season just yet. Here are 8 great ways to make summer last a while longer.," 26 Sep. 2020 Use an insect repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon or eucalyptus. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "Mosquitoes are out in force in Greater Cincinnati. Here's what you can do about them.," 17 Sep. 2020 Were the windows down, the air redolent with oak and eucalyptus? Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "What to do with melons that don’t live up to that peak summer moment," 11 Sep. 2020 At this stage, Harasim suggests adding a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender, orange, or eucalyptus, to help repel insects. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "A Guy Has Been Outed on TikTok for Not Washing His Pillows, but How Often Should You Do This?," 28 Sep. 2020 Northern California’s forests are diverse, with species including both resilient redwoods and more easily burnable eucalyptus trees and conifers. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Napa and Sonoma are burning again. Here’s why scorched areas can remain vulnerable," 28 Sep. 2020 Beeswax infused with eucalyptus helps alleviate burns, wounds, and even arthritis. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best cosmetic beeswax," 12 Aug. 2020 Each one is made from eucalyptus fibers that are gentle enough to use on your face every day. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "14 top-rated sheet masks you can buy on Amazon right now," 9 Sep. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eucalyptus. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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eucalyptus

noun
How to pronounce eucalyptus (audio)

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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