Definition of eucalyptus in English:

eucalyptus

(also eucalypt)

noun

  • 1A fast-growing evergreen Australasian tree that has been widely introduced elsewhere. It is valued for its timber, oil, gum, resin, and as an ornamental tree.

    Also called gum, gum tree
    • ‘Petaurids feed on insects and on the sap and gum of eucalypts and acacias.’
    • ‘That is where you've got grazing land largely, and it appears that the woody vegetation, trees, eucalypts and acacias, native pines and other shrubs, are becoming denser and denser.’
    • ‘No other continent is so dominated by one genus of tree as Australia is by eucalypts.’
    • ‘Can anyone advise me as to whether or not rhododendrons will grow/thrive under eucalypts?’
    • ‘In fact, where the karakas were supposed to be there was a plantation of eucalypts.’
    • ‘That explains our eucalypts and tea trees, with their large open flowers full of nectar.’
    • ‘Avenues of mallee eucalypts could lead to a big future for Mid West farmers.’
    • ‘I roll my swag out under the shady trees along the creek; it's a chain of deep waterholes fringed by spiky pandanus and smooth white eucalypts.’
    • ‘Aromatic scents of eucalypts and heath plants wafted up from the plains.’
    • ‘I will not mention all of them, but a lot of native species, eucalypts, wattles, and quite a number of exotic softwoods and hardwoods, are suitable.’
    • ‘Strips of light streamed through forests of eucalyptuses and towering mountain ash.’
    • ‘They won't come to see rows of monotonous pines and eucalypts.’
    • ‘The plethora of uses for eucalypts takes up a fair bit of space, as does a discussion of ways to adapt agriculture to a new, more sustainable way of thinking.’
    • ‘At about 1:30 in the afternoon, wind-fanned flames leapt to the tops of the native eucalypts and imported pines, igniting them.’
    • ‘I looked up and saw that the trees I was standing under were eucalypts, which had released their oily, pungent aroma into the wet air.’
    • ‘Standing under a eucalyptus tree, we are looking up at a koala.’
    • ‘Dr Hughes, from your studies what's likely to happen to Australia's eucalypts?’
    • ‘After an hour, we reached the first hills, dotted with the eucalyptus groves that flank the mountain.’
    • ‘He said authorities in the past introduced pioneer species such as acacias and eucalypts that adapted quickly to badly eroded areas on barren land.’
    • ‘Quick-growing wattles and eucalypts (gum trees) spread through the country for a multitude of uses on farms, mines, and railways and became a mark of habitation.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The oil from eucalyptus leaves, chiefly used for its medicinal properties.
      • ‘Substances that cats find aversive include citronella, perfumes, solid air fresheners, citrus, aloe, and eucalyptus oil.’
      • ‘Substances such as menthol, wintergreen oil, eucalyptus oil, or turpentine cause cool or hot sensations that can temporarily relieve or cover up pain.’
      • ‘One drop of peppermint, lavender, chamomile or eucalyptus oil can be diluted in a teaspoon of almond oil and then rubbed into the skin at the temples, neck or shoulder muscles and/or inhaled.’
      • ‘Wherever possible, try to simply deter ants by sprinkling eucalyptus oil or crushed garlic cloves along their paths.’
      • ‘Among Kangaroo Island's earliest industries, apart from the whaling and sealing, were shipbuilding, salt harvesting, quarrying and the production of eucalyptus oil.’
      • ‘You can also get quick relief from the pain of insect bites by applying eucalyptus oil to sore and swollen areas.’
      • ‘Holistic practitioners use eucalyptus to treat respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, and asthma.’
      • ‘Eucalyptus oil is excellent for clearing a stuffy nose and for relieving muscular pain.’
      • ‘For example, when a client has epilepsy, eucalyptus oil cannot be used due to its stimulating effect on the brain.’
      • ‘If curtains are too heavy for your machine, mouldy areas should first be rubbed with eucalyptus oil, left for a few hours, and then wiped clean with a damp cloth.’
      • ‘Use eucalyptus to remove sticky marks from objects.’
      • ‘Instead of using fabric softener and to deter clothes moths, rinse your clothes with a solution made from 2 litres of white vinegar and 50 ml of eucalyptus oil, shaken.’
      • ‘These preparations may reduce coughing and usually contain menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil.’
      • ‘A cup of white vinegar or one capful of eucalyptus oil may be added to the soapy water as a disinfectant and freshener.’
      • ‘Apparently the sun releases the eucalyptus oil in the leaves, which causes the blue haze over the region.’
      • ‘Six drops each of eucalyptus oil and lavender oil mixed together and massaged into the painful area will also help.’
      • ‘A suitable rub for stiff areas can be made up as follows: 2 drops eucalyptus oil; 2 drops oil of wintergreen; 5 drops lavender oil; 3 drops rosemary oil; 1 drop black pepper oil.’
      • ‘Glue, methylated spirit, eucalyptus oil, detergent, bleach and varnish are all examples of commonly used hazardous substances.’
      • ‘Wipe adhesive labels gently with methylated spirits and a few drops of eucalyptus oil to remove from plastic, glass and other surfaces.’
      • ‘For washing woollens and other clothes, mix four cups of pure soap flakes with two cups of methylated spirits and one tablespoon of eucalyptus oil.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek eu ‘well’ + kaluptos ‘covered’ (from kaluptein ‘to cover’), because the unopened flower is protected by a cap.

Pronunciation

eucalyptus

/ˌjuːkəˈlɪptəs/