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eucalyptus

[yoo-kuh-lip-tuh s] /ˌyu kəˈlɪp təs/
noun, plural eucalypti
[yoo-kuh-lip-tahy] /ˌyu kəˈlɪp taɪ/ (Show IPA),
eucalyptuses.
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, eucalypt
[yoo-kuh-lipt] /ˈyu kəˌlɪpt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < New Latin < Greek eu- eu- + kalyptós covered, wrapped, akin to kalýptein to cover
Related forms
eucalyptic, adjective
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  • The predominant natural vegetation of the higher ridges is eucalypt forest.
British Dictionary definitions for eucalypt

eucalyptus

/ˌjuːkəˈlɪptəs/
noun (pl) -lyptuses, -lypti (-ˈlɪptaɪ), -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
C19: New Latin, from eu- + Greek kaluptos covered, from kaluptein to cover, hide
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Word Origin and History for eucalypt

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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