melaleuca

noun
mel·​a·​leu·​ca | \ ˌme-lə-ˈl(y)ü-kə How to pronounce melaleuca (audio) \

Definition of melaleuca

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

First Known Use of melaleuca

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melaleuca

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

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The first known use of melaleuca was in 1790

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“Melaleuca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melaleuca. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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melaleuca

noun
mel·​a·​leu·​ca | \ ˌmel-ə-ˈl(y)ü-kə How to pronounce melaleuca (audio) \

Medical Definition of melaleuca

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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