pa·​per·​bark | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌbärk How to pronounce paperbark (audio) \

Definition of paperbark

: any of several chiefly Australian trees (genus Melaleuca) of the myrtle family having papery bark especially : cajeput

Examples of paperbark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the city lists possible trees such as a ‘Fireburst’ paperbark maple, a kousa dogwood or a Japanese snowbell. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2022 For example, the peeling bark of paperbark maples (Acer griseum) and river birch trees (Betula nigra) can only be seen on the trunk and the oldest branches. Beth Botts,, 28 Feb. 2021 Persian ironwood and paperbark maple are two sleepers that are hard to find in the garden centers but worth the effort. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 19 Nov. 2020 Other than crabapples, Reisdorf also recommended the paperbark maple with its shaggy, exfoliating reddish bark, and the many varieties of Japanese maples in both upright and weeping forms for additional tree choices. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2020 Banks also collected the Melaleuca quinquenervia and Melaleuca leucadendra, which are both members of the broad-leaved paperbark tree. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2020 Then, puddle-jump between a handful of stylish-but-simple lodges peppered across vast acres of bayou, desert, gorges, paperbark forests, and some of the most stunningly secluded beaches in the country. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Jan. 2020 The unit’s centerpiece is a table where skeletons are laid out for tribal elders, who wrap the remains in kangaroo skin or wafer-thin paperbark to take back to Country. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, 23 Aug. 2019 Pink and white water lilies dot its surface, and paperbark forests, pandanus and fresh water mangroves line its shores. Smithsonian, 7 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of paperbark

1841, in the meaning defined above

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