Definition of manuka in English:


Line breaks: ma¦nuka
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːnʊkə
, maˈnuːkə


  • A small tree with aromatic leaves which are sometimes used for tea, native to New Zealand and Tasmania.
    • Leptospermum scoparium, family Myrtaceae
    More example sentences
    • The manuka on Stewart Island have a differently shaped leaf from the manuka on the South Island so they are thought perhaps to be a different species.
    • Ulsore spray is a new addition to the excellent Salcura colloidal range, every product of which includes manuka and disinfecting tea tree.
    • Tea tree, better known to our New Zealand listeners as manuka, looks entirely different.


mid 19th century: from Maori.

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