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eucalyptus

[yoo-kuh-lip-tuh s] /ˌyu kəˈlɪp təs/
noun, plural eucalypti
[yoo-kuh-lip-tahy] /ˌyu kəˈlɪp taɪ/ (Show IPA),
eucalyptuses.
1.
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, eucalypt
[yoo-kuh-lipt] /ˈyu kəˌlɪpt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of eucalyptus
1800-1810
1800-10; < New Latin < Greek eu- eu- + kalyptós covered, wrapped, akin to kalýptein to cover
Related forms
eucalyptic, adjective
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  • Tasted of sugar a little and eucalyptus oil like they give you when you've got a cold.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • When she came to earth again, the sun was low beyond the eucalyptus trees.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • I have had no time to examine more than one species of eucalyptus.

  • The palm takes the place of the eucalyptus to a certain extent.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • eucalyptus and certain other species appear to be exceptions to this law.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The youths observed that most of the eucalyptus trees were tall and slender.

    The Land of the Kangaroo

    Thomas Wallace Knox
  • Undoubtedly the most salient feature of Coln is the eucalyptus.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • The stately eucalyptus nods his head signifying that time is done.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • There are nearly 150 varieties of eucalyptus, and most of these are found in Australia.

    Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
British Dictionary definitions for eucalyptus

eucalyptus

/ˌjuːkəˈlɪptəs/
noun (pl) -lyptuses, -lypti (-ˈlɪptaɪ), -lypts
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from eu- + Greek kaluptos covered, from kaluptein to cover, hide
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Word Origin and History for eucalyptus
n.

1809, from Modern Latin, coined 1788 by French botanist Charles Louis L'héritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) from Greek eu "well" (see eu-) + kalyptos "covered" (see Calypso); so called for the covering on the bud.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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