1. any of various dwarf Australian eucalyptuses, as Eucalyptus dumosa and E. oleosa, that sometimes form large tracts of brushwood.
  2. the brushwood itself.

Origin of mallee

1840–50; < Wergaia (Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Wimmera area, Victoria) mali Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. any of several low shrubby eucalyptus trees that flourish in desert regions of Australia
  2. the mallee Australian informal another name for the bush 1 (def. 4)
  3. See mallee root

Word Origin for mallee

C19: native Australian name
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