cajeput

or caj·a·put, caj·u·put

[ kaj-uh-puh t, -poo t ]
/ ˈkædʒ ə pət, -ˌpʊt /
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noun

a tree, Melaleuca leucadendron, of the myrtle family, native to Australia and New Guinea, having papery bark and yielding a greenish, aromatic oil (cajeput oil) used in medicine and perfumes.

Nearby words

  1. caitlin,
  2. caius,
  3. cajal,
  4. cajal, santiago ramón y,
  5. cajan,
  6. cajeputol,
  7. cajole,
  8. cajolery,
  9. cajun,
  10. cajuput

Origin of cajeput

< New Latin cajuputi < Dutch kajoe-poetih(-olie) < Malay kayu putih the cajeput tree (kayu white + putih tree)

Also called paperbark.

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British Dictionary definitions for cajuput

cajuput

cajeput

/ (ˈkædʒəˌpʊt) /

noun

a small myrtaceous tree or shrub, Melaleuca leucadendron, native to the East Indies and Australia, with whitish flowers and leaves
a green aromatic oil derived from this tree, used to treat skin diseases
a lauraceous tree, Umbellularia californica, whose aromatic leaves are used in medicine

Word Origin for cajuput

C18: from Malay kayu puteh, from kayu wood + puteh white

cajeput

/ (ˈkædʒəˌpʊt) /

noun

a variant spelling of cajuput
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