cajuput

cajeput

[kaj-uh-puht, -poot]
noun
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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cajeput (ˈkædʒəˌpʊt)
 
n
a variant spelling of cajuput

cajuput or cajeput (ˈkædʒəˌpʊt)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Malay kayu puteh, from kayu wood + puteh white]
 
cajeput or cajeput
 
n
 
[C18: from Malay kayu puteh, from kayu wood + puteh white]

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