melaleuca

[mel-uh-loo-kuh]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. mel,
  2. mela,
  3. melaena,
  4. melagra,
  5. melaka,
  6. melalgia,
  7. melamed,
  8. melamine,
  9. melamine resin,
  10. melammed

Origin of melaleuca

< New Latin (Linnaeus), irregular coinage from Greek mélā(s) black + leukḗ, feminine of leukós white; so called from its black trunk and white branches

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melaleuca

noun

any shrub or tree of the mostly Australian myrtaceous genus Melaleuca, found in sandy or swampy regions

Word Origin for melaleuca

C19: New Latin, from Greek melas black + leukos white, from its black trunk and white branches

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