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cajeput

[kaj-uh-puh t, -poo t] /ˈkædʒ ə pət, -ˌpʊt/
noun
1.
a tree, Melaleuca leucadendron, of the myrtle family, native to Australia and New Guinea, having papery bark and yielding a greenish, aromatic oil (cajeput oil) used in medicine and perfumes.
Also, cajaput, cajuput.
Also called paperbark.
Origin
< Neo-Latin cajuputi < Dutch kajoe-poetih(-olie) < Malay kayu putih the cajeput tree (kayu white + putih tree)
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British Dictionary definitions for cajeput

cajeput

/ˈkædʒəˌpʊt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of cajuput

cajuput

/ˈkædʒəˌpʊt/
noun
1.
a small myrtaceous tree or shrub, Melaleuca leucadendron, native to the East Indies and Australia, with whitish flowers and leaves
2.
a green aromatic oil derived from this tree, used to treat skin diseases
3.
a lauraceous tree, Umbellularia californica, whose aromatic leaves are used in medicine
Word Origin
C18: from Malay kayu puteh, from kayu wood + puteh white
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