Definition of melaleuca in English:

melaleuca

Syllabification: mel·a·leu·ca
Pronunciation: /ˌmeləˈlo͞okə
 
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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
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    • 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).

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