melaleuca

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noun mel·a·leu·ca \ˌme-lə-ˈl(y)ü-kə\

Definition of melaleuca

  1. :  any of a genus (Melaleuca) of Australian and southeast Asian trees and shrubs of the myrtle family; especially :  cajeput

Origin and Etymology of melaleuca

New Latin, from Greek melas black + leuka, feminine of leukos white — more at light


First Known Use: 1790


Medical Dictionary

melaleuca

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noun mel·a·leu·ca \ˌmel-ə-ˈl(y)ü-kə\

Medical Definition of melaleuca

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of Australian and southeast Asian trees and shrubs of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that includes the cajeput (M. leucadendron)

  2. 2:  any tree or shrub of the genus Melaleuca


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