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Definitions for eucalyptus
ˌyu kəˈlɪp təseu·ca·lyp·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eucalyptusnoun

    wood of any of various eucalyptus trees valued as timber

  2. eucalyptus, eucalypt, eucalyptus treenoun

    a tree of the genus Eucalyptus


  1. eucalyptusnoun

    any of many trees, of genus Eucalyptus, native mainly to Australia

  2. Etymology: From eucalyptus.


  1. Eucalyptus

    Eucalyptus () is a genus of over seven hundred species of flowering trees, shrubs or mallees in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Along with several other genera in the tribe Eucalypteae, including Corymbia, they are commonly known as eucalypts. Plants in the genus Eucalyptus have bark that is either smooth, fibrous, hard or stringy, leaves with oil glands, and sepals and petals that are fused to form a "cap" or operculum over the stamens. The fruit is a woody capsule commonly referred to as a "gumnut". Most species of Eucalyptus are native to Australia, and every state and territory has representative species. About three-quarters of Australian forests are eucalypt forests. Wildfire is a feature of the Australian landscape and many eucalypt species are adapted to fire, and resprout after fire or have seeds which survive fire. A few species are native to islands north of Australia and a smaller number are only found outside the continent. Eucalypts have been grown in plantations in many other countries because they are fast growing and have valuable timber, or can be used for pulpwood, for honey production or essential oils. In some countries, however, they have been removed because of the danger of forest fires due to their high inflammability.


  1. eucalyptus

    Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. These plants are native to Australia and nearby islands, and they are known for their fast-growing nature and hardy, evergreen leaves. Some species of Eucalyptus are also known for producing oil that is used for medicinal and industrial purposes. Eucalyptus trees are commonly referred to as gum trees due to the sticky gum-like sap they produce.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eucalyptusnoun

    a myrtaceous genus of trees, mostly Australian. Many of them grow to an immense height, one or two species exceeding the height even of the California Sequoia


  1. Eucalyptus

    Eucalyptus L'Heritier 1789 is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, and a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia and one, Eucalyptus deglupta, ranges north to the Philippines. Only fifteen species occur outside Australia, with just nine of these not occurring in Australia. Species of eucalyptus are cultivated widely in the tropical and temperate world, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, China and the Indian Subcontinent, though most species do not tolerate frost. Eucalyptus is one of three similar genera that are commonly referred to as "eucalypts", the others being Corymbia and Angophora. Many species, but far from all, are known as gum trees because they exude copious sap from any break in the bark. The generic name is derived from the Greek words ευ "well" and καλυπτος "covered", referring to the operculum on the calyx that initially conceals the flower.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eucalyptus

    ū-kal-ip′tus, n. the 'gum-tree,' a large Australian evergreen, beneficial in destroying the miasma of malarious districts.—ns. Eu′calypt, a eucalyptus; Eucalyp′tol, a volatile, colourless, limpid oil. [Coined from Gr. eu, well, kalyptos, covered—kalyptein, to cover.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Eucalyptus

    A genus of Australian trees of the Myrtaceae family that yields gums, oils, and resins which are used as flavoring agents, astringents, and aromatics, and formerly to treat diarrhea, asthma, bronchitis, and respiratory tract infections.

Editors Contribution

  1. eucalyptus

    A type of cultivar, seed, plant, shrub and tree created and cultivated in various species.

    Eucalyptus is a variety of tree and is used for timber, oil and various other purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 17, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eucalyptus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eucalyptus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of eucalyptus in a Sentence

  1. Portuguese proverb:

    Eucalyptus trees are for us, pine trees for our children, and cork trees are for our grandchildren

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