Definition of melaleuca in English:

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melaleuca

Pronunciation: /ˌmeləˈlo͞okə/

noun

An Australian shrub or tree that bears spikes of flowers. Some kinds are a source of timber or medicinal oil.
  • Genus Melaleuca, family Myrtaceae: many species, including the Australian paperbarks.
Example sentences
  • Acacias, grevilleas and melaleucas need careful annual pruning to keep them busy and attractive and should be replaced when they are no longer so.
  • A dozen native trees will be saved, including melaleucas, coolamons, conifers, a flame tree and a lilly pilly.
  • Callistemons and melaleucas are often tricky to tell apart as they are both evergreen trees or shrubs with papery trunks.

Origin

Modern Latin: from Greek melas 'black' + leukos 'white' (because of the fire-blackened white bark of some Asian species).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mel·a·leu·ca

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