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melaleuca

[mel-uh-loo-kuh] /ˌmɛl əˈlu kə/
noun
1.
any of various chiefly Australian shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Melaleuca, of the myrtle family, including the cajeput and several species of bottlebrush.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), irregular coinage from Greek mélā(s) black + leukḗ, feminine of leukós white; so called from its black trunk and white branches
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  • melaleuca stumps at both locales have sprouted succulent new leaves.
  • Once they reached higher ground, they set to work cutting down melaleuca trees.
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melaleuca

/ˌmɛləˈluːkə/
noun
1.
any shrub or tree of the mostly Australian myrtaceous genus Melaleuca, found in sandy or swampy regions
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek melas black + leukos white, from its black trunk and white branches
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