any of various dwarf Australian eucalyptuses, as Eucalyptus dumosa and E. oleosa, that sometimes form large tracts of brushwood.
the brushwood itself.

1840–50; < Wergaia (Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Wimmera area, Victoria) mali Unabridged
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mallee (ˈmæliː)
1.  any of several low shrubby eucalyptus trees that flourish in desert regions of Australia
2.  informal (Austral) the mallee another name for the bush
3.  See mallee root
[C19: native Australian name]

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a scrubland vegetation found in southern Australia. It is composed primarily of woody shrubs and trees of the genus Eucalyptus. These evergreen plants have leathery, thick leaves that prevent water loss during the hot dry season. Most scrubland growth occurs during the rainy season.

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When the main trunk is damaged they send up multiple stems, a growing habit called a mallee.
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