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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; < Neo-Latin < Greek eu- eu- + kalyptós covered, wrapped, akin to kalýptein to cover
Related forms
eucalyptic, adjective
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  • Cane again to the presupposed and ready eucalyptus tree, count out sherry and ripe plates and little corners of a kind of ham.
  • Koalas stick to a eucalyptus diet because of sensitive stomachs that limit what they can and cannot eat.
  • In the canyons between ridgelines the forest is mostly pine and eucalyptus, both introduced species.
  • Humans need technology to survive and koalas need eucalyptus leaves.
  • They have cleared the stagnant pools by planting eucalyptus.
  • The now common hot towel greets me only this one is scented with menthol or eucalyptus.
  • Cattle reaching for eucalyptus leaves stood beside the road.
  • We walk under tall ragged eucalyptus and also pine, which smell more in the wet.
  • It had been too late last night, and too early this morning, to get hold of any eucalyptus leaves for the animal to eat.
  • In the wild, possums feed mainly on eucalyptus trees.
British Dictionary definitions for eucalyptus

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 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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