eucalyptus

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noun eu·ca·lyp·tus \ˌyü-kə-ˈlip-təs\

Definition of eucalyptus

plural

eucalypti

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eucalyptuses

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of eucalyptus

New Latin, genus name, from eu- + Greek kalyptos covered, from kalyptein to conceal; from the conical covering of the buds — more at hell


First Known Use: 1801


EUCALYPTUS Defined for English Language Learners

eucalyptus

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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

eucalyptus

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noun eu·ca·lyp·tus \ˌyü-kə-ˈlip-təs\

Definition of eucalyptus for Students

plural

eucalypti

\-ˌtī\ or

eucalyptuses

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


Medical Dictionary

eucalyptus

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noun eu·ca·lyp·tus \ˌyü-kə-ˈlip-təs\

Medical Definition of eucalyptus

  1. 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. 2plural eucalypti \-ˌtī, -ˌtē\play play or eucalyptuses :  any tree or shrub of the genus Eucalyptus

eucalyptus

adjective

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