tea tree

  1. a tall shrub or small tree, Leptospermum scoparium, of the myrtle family, native to New Zealand and Australia, having silky foliage when young, and bell-shaped, white flowers: often planted to prevent beach erosion.

Origin of tea tree

First recorded in 1750–60; so called from the use of its leaves as an infusion

Words Nearby tea tree

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How to use tea tree in a sentence

  • It lives chiefly on the potato, and the Lycium barbarum, sometimes called the tea-tree, a shrub belonging to the Solanace.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier
  • One shot was enough for each hog; after receiving it he retired hastily into the tea-tree and never came out again.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • Petiver considered our plant as a species of tea tree; future observations will probably confirm his conjecture.

  • These pools were generally lined with patches of a narrow-leaved tea tree; and were full of basaltic pebbles.

  • Upon reaching the tree we found an infant swaddled in layers of tea-tree bark, lying on the ground; and three or four large yams.

British Dictionary definitions for tea tree

tea tree

  1. any of various myrtaceous trees of the genus Leptospermum, of Australia and New Zealand, that yield an oil used as an antiseptic

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