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
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The property has several eucalyptus trees along its northern boundary and along Stratford Court to the east.
Entering the building, the decor created the feel of a garden party indoors with greenery throughout and tabletop arrangements of white hydrangeas, garden roses, fresh mint and eucalyptus.
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.
When outdoors, cover up exposed skin with clothing and use a mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535–the most effective types.
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.
A February study in the Journal of Insect Science tested various insect repellent methods and found that DEET and oil of lemon eucalyptus sprays reduced mosquito attraction by 60 percent.
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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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