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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This tranquil commons offers walking trails, shady eucalyptus groves, and 13 museums, housed in old Spanish-Moorish buildings dating back to the Panama/ California Exposition of 1915.
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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
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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