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

1840–50; < Wergaia (Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Wimmera area, Victoria) mali
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Examples from the Web for mallee

Historical Examples

  • To-day I noticed a tree in the mallee very like a Currajong tree.

    Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration

    Ernest Giles

  • The setting sun made a lane of light through the pines and mallee.

  • I'm not coming back till I find my little 'un that's bushed in this mallee.'

  • I met it frequently in the Mallee and in the Maryborough and Ararat districts.

    An Australian Bird Book

    John Albert Leach

  • Nothing could add to the sterility and the monotony of these mallee scrubs.

British Dictionary definitions for mallee


  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
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Word Origin

C19: native Australian name
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