[ mel-uh-loo-kuh ]
/ ˌmɛl əˈlu kə /


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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌmɛləˈluːkə) /


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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