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mallee

[mal-ee] /ˈmæl i/
noun
1.
any of various dwarf Australian eucalyptuses, as Eucalyptus dumosa and E. oleosa, that sometimes form large tracts of brushwood.
2.
the brushwood itself.
Origin
Wergaia
1840-1850
1840-50; < Wergaia (Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Wimmera area, Victoria) mali
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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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mallee

/ˈmæliː/
noun
1.
any of several low shrubby eucalyptus trees that flourish in desert regions of Australia
2.
(Austral, informal) the mallee, another name for the bush1 (sense 4)
3.
Word Origin
C19: native Australian name
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Encyclopedia Article for mallee

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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