One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian eucalyptus tree with rough grey-brown bark and ornamental flowers.
Eucalyptus calophylla, family Myrtaceae
- ‘The vineyard here is shielded from the wind by Marri, Karri and Blue gum trees.’
- ‘Marri trees produce large amounts of blossom and nectar, and mature trees often have the very large hollows that are nesting sites for endangered species such as black cockatoos, western ringtail possums and owls.’
- ‘It lives in the forest canopy, feeding on seeds of the marri eucalyptus tree.’
- ‘The Red-capped Parrot inhabits the south-western corner of Australia, in close association with the marri tree Eucalyptus calophylla, which provides both nesting hollows and food.’
- ‘The timber from the Marri tree is hard and durable, and has a honey coloured hue with interesting grain patterns, which makes for interesting furniture.’
Mid 19th century: from Nyungar.
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