eucalyptus


eucalyptus

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.

  1. 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.

    The Land of the Kangaroo

    Thomas Wallace Knox

  • Folius was growing on the rosewood Acacia, and the branches of Eucalypti were inhabited by the parasitical orange loranth.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

    Thomas Mitchell

  • We next entered a scrub of Acacia pendula, which at seven miles opened into a forest of apple-trees and other eucalypti.

    Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)

    Thomas Mitchell

  • In it were several natives’ canoes, and on its banks grew large rivergum-trees, or eucalypti.

    Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)

    Thomas Mitchell

  • All the Eucalypti are curious trees, with entire and leathery leaves, affording an unusual amount of aromatic oil.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • British Dictionary definitions for eucalypti eucalyptus eucalypt (ˈjuːkəˌlɪpt) noun plural -lyptuses, -lypti (-ˈlɪptaɪ) or -lypts

    1. 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.

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