pa·​per·​bark ˈpā-pər-ˌbärk How to pronounce paperbark (audio)
: 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 Dogwoods, paperbark maples and Japanese maples can form not only a design’s backbone but offer interest with fall leaf color, summer flowers and peeling bark. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 8 June 2023 And Australian rock burials of dingoes, which may have been kept as pets and guard dogs, sometimes feature the same paperbark wrappings used in human mortuary preparation. Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paperbark was in 1841

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“Paperbark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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