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 This oil comes from the lemon eucalyptus plant and contains a chemical insect repellent called PMD. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heading outside this summer? Here's what you need to know about bug repellents," 27 June 2020 This Lagunamoon gift set, marked down from $15.99 to just $9.99, is packed with six 10-milliliter bottles of essential oil, including lemongrass, peppermint, orange, lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 24 June 2020 Claremont is home to 23,000 trees including American elms along Indian Hill Avenue and in Memorial Park and the College Avenue eucalyptus trees. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "The 15 best places in L.A. to find shade on hot summer days," 24 June 2020 This stylish set features a contemporary clean-lined frame crafted of eucalyptus wood for a look of beachy beauty. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Outdoor furniture sale offers up to 50 percent off deals on sectionals, patio umbrellas, lighting," 24 June 2020 The $200 million Goodyear facility, which was announced last year, will open late this year in the Palm Valley 303 Business Park off Cotton Lane and Thomas Road, where crews last year chopped down dozens of iconic eucalyptus trees. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Fairlife milk company to hire more than 100 in Goodyear this summer. Here's how to apply," 18 June 2020 Milk and Honey's $6 hand purifier with 80% alcohol and soothing lavender and eucalyptus leaf oils is our new go-to. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Everything You Need to Know and Buy If You're New to Hiking," 3 June 2020 Another pretty option: this eucalyptus planter from Nordstrom. Lindsey Olander, Condé Nast Traveler, "Create An Indoor Garden at Home With These Plants and Plant Accessories," 1 June 2020 Fast-growing exotic species like radiata pine, acacia, and eucalyptus are commonly used in forestry and carbon sequestration efforts. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Planting invasive species could make our carbon problem worse," 28 May 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 5 Jul. 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

Other Words from eucalyptus

eucalyptus adjective

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