any of various chiefly Australian shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Melaleuca, of the myrtle family, including the cajeput and several species of bottlebrush.
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How to use melaleuca in a sentence
The area is a disturbed wetland, invaded by non-native melaleuca trees that have crowded out native flora and fauna.
The soil was excellent, and the brushes behind us abounded with a new species of melaleuca.
Oil of cajeput, is prepared in the Moluccas, by distilling the dry leaves of the melaleuca leucadendron.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
The principal channel of the creek was lined with a species of melaleuca, with slightly foliacious bark.
The Casuarina, which likes a light sandy soil, disappeared at the same time, and was succeeded by the narrow-leaved melaleuca.
A melaleuca with very small decussate leaves, a tree about twenty-five feet high, was growing on the scrubby ridges.
British Dictionary definitions for melaleuca
any shrub or tree of the mostly Australian myrtaceous genus Melaleuca, found in sandy or swampy regions
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