eu·ca·lyp·tus (y′kə-lĭptəs) also eu·ca·lypt (ykə-lĭpt′)
n. pl. eu·ca·lyp·tus·es or eu·ca·lyp·ti (-tī′) also eu·ca·lypts
Any of numerous trees of the genus Eucalyptus, native chiefly to Australia and widely planted worldwide, having aromatic leaves and valued as a source of oil, gum, and wood.
[New Latin Eucalyptus, genus name : Greek eu-, eu- + Greek kaluptos, covered (from kaluptein, to cover; see kel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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