eucalyptus [yoo-kuh-lip-tuh s] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural eu·ca·lyp·ti [yoo-kuh-lip-tahy] /ˌyu kəˈlɪp taɪ/, eu·ca·lyp·tus·es.
- any of numerous often tall trees belonging to the genus Eucalyptus, of the myrtle family, native to Australia and adjacent islands, having aromatic evergreen leaves that are the source of medicinal oils and heavy wood used as timber.
Also eu·ca·lypt [yoo-kuh-lipt] /ˈyu kəˌlɪpt/. Origin of eucalyptus 1800–10; New Latin Greek eu- eu- + kalyptós covered, wrapped, akin to kalýptein to coverRelated formseu·ca·lyp·tic, adjective Examples from the Web for eucalypti Historical Examples of eucalypti
Most of the trees that they saw were eucalypti, of which there are many varieties.
Thomas Wallace Knox
Folius was growing on the rosewood Acacia, and the branches of Eucalypti were inhabited by the parasitical orange loranth.
We next entered a scrub of Acacia pendula, which at seven miles opened into a forest of apple-trees and other eucalypti.
In it were several natives’ canoes, and on its banks grew large rivergum-trees, or eucalypti.
All the Eucalypti are curious trees, with entire and leathery leaves, affording an unusual amount of aromatic oil.
British Dictionary definitions for eucalypti eucalyptus eucalypt (ˈjuːkəˌlɪpt) noun plural -lyptuses, -lypti (-ˈlɪptaɪ) or -lypts
- any myrtaceous tree of the mostly Australian genus Eucalyptus, such as the blue gum and ironbark, widely cultivated for the medicinal oil in their leaves (eucalyptus oil), timber, and ornament
Word Origin for eucalyptus C19: New Latin, from eu- + Greek kaluptos covered, from kaluptein to cover, hide Word Origin and History for eucalypti eucalyptus n.
1809, from Modern Latin, coined 1788 by French botanist Charles Louis L’héritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) from Greek eu “well” (see eu-) + kalyptos “covered” (see Calypso); so called for the covering on the bud.