Definition of callitris in English:

callitris

(also callytris, calitris, calytris)

noun

  • Any of various coniferous trees constituting the Australasian genus Callitris (family Cupressaceae), typically having scale-like leaves; also called cypress pine. Also (in form Callitris): the genus itself.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Brown (1757–1831), writer on agriculture. From scientific Latin Callitris, genus name from ancient Greek καλλι-, combining form of κάλλος beauty + τρεῖς three, referring to the arrangement of the leaves in whorls of three.

Pronunciation

callitris

/kəˈlɪtrɪs/