Definition of tea tree in English:

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tea tree



1 (also ti tree) An Australasian flowering shrub or small tree whose leaves are sometimes used for tea. Some species yield an oil valued for its antiseptic properties.
  • Genera Leptospermum and Melaleuca, family Myrtaceae: several species, in particular Melaleuca alternifolia, whose leaves yield an essential oil
Example sentences
  • Other ingredients such as propolis, myrrh, tea tree and echinacea can help slow bacterial growth, strengthen gum tissue and prevent inflammation.
  • He points to work done in a Parisian hospital in which doctors used essential oils of tea tree, thyme and oregano to treat infections.
  • On shelves in one bedroom were dozens of bottles of essential oils: clary sage, cinnamon, tea tree and carrot seed.
2 (also Duke of Argyll's tea tree) An ornamental boxthorn native to the Mediterranean.
  • Lycium barbarum, family Solanaceae
Example sentences
  • Going by a host of names - from Duke of Argyll's tea tree to Iso-tsutsuji - the Ledum palustre of Japan is a member of the Ericaceae, or heath family of plants.
  • According to the Resources Information Network, it is also known as Chinese wolfberry, goji berry, barbary matrimony vine, bocksdorn, cambronera, Duke of Argyll's tea tree, or matrimony vine.
  • Known as The Duke of Argyll's Tea Tree, it grows wild in hedgerows in some parts of the UK.
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