melaleuca

noun

mel·​a·​leu·​ca ˌme-lə-ˈl(y)ü-kə How to pronounce melaleuca (audio)
: any of a genus (Melaleuca) of Australian and southeast Asian trees and shrubs of the myrtle family
especially : cajeput

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melaleuca was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Melaleuca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melaleuca. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

melaleuca

noun

mel·​a·​leu·​ca ˌmel-ə-ˈl(y)ü-kə How to pronounce melaleuca (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of Australian and southeast Asian trees and shrubs of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that includes the cajeput (M. leucadendron)
2
: any tree or shrub of the genus Melaleuca
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