- any of numerous often tall trees belonging to the genus Eucalyptus, of the myrtle family, native to Australia and adjacent islands, having aromatic evergreen leaves that are the source of medicinal oils and heavy wood used as timber.
Also eu·ca·lypt [yoo-kuh-lipt] /ˈyu kəˌlɪpt/.
Origin of eucalyptus
1800–10; < New Latin < Greek eu- eu- + kalyptós covered, wrapped, akin to kalýptein to cover
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Most of the trees that they saw were eucalypti, of which there are many varieties.The Land of the Kangaroo
Thomas Wallace Knox
Folius was growing on the rosewood Acacia, and the branches of Eucalypti were inhabited by the parasitical orange loranth.
We next entered a scrub of Acacia pendula, which at seven miles opened into a forest of apple-trees and other eucalypti.
In it were several natives' canoes, and on its banks grew large rivergum-trees, or eucalypti.
All the Eucalypti are curious trees, with entire and leathery leaves, affording an unusual amount of aromatic oil.The Desert World
- any myrtaceous tree of the mostly Australian genus Eucalyptus, such as the blue gum and ironbark, widely cultivated for the medicinal oil in their leaves (eucalyptus oil), timber, and ornament
C19: New Latin, from eu- + Greek kaluptos covered, from kaluptein to cover, hide
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