Definition of cajuput in US English:


(also cajeput)


  • 1An aromatic medicinal oil that is similar to eucalyptus oil, obtained from a tree of the myrtle family.

    • ‘This page contains information on cajuput and how it is used as a herb in alternative herbal treatments to treat ailments and problems, such as muscle stiffness and sinusitis.’
    • ‘Get quick relief thanks to this product's active ingredients of camphor, menthol, and cajuput.’
    • ‘The essential oils used in this product are Tea tree Oil, Lavender Oil, peppermint Oil, cajuput oil and Eucalyptus Oil.’
    • ‘He records that the leaves yield cajeput oil, which contains 45 to 56 per cent cineol; esters of butteric, valerianic, and acetic acids, dl-pinene; valeral, butril, and benzal aldehydes; l-linalool, etc.’
    • ‘The product is made from active ingredients such as camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil.’
    • ‘For throat infections use compresses of 10 percent cajeput oil mixed in water, healing earth, or fatty oil.’
    • ‘Tea tree oil should not be confused with Chinese tea oil, cajeput oil, kanuka oil, manuka oil, ti tree oil, and niauouli oil.’
    • ‘The cajeput oil emulsion can also contain 0.01% to 20% of an emulsifier, and up to 5% of a defoamer.’
    • ‘The natural active ingredients are camphor, menthol, cajuput oil, mint oil and clove oil.’
    • ‘Both cajuput and tea tree are antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and more.’
    • ‘Use fewer drops if you are using an oil that may cause irritation to your mucous membranes (i.e. cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, thyme, cajuput, etc.).’
    • ‘The group studied the antibacterial properties of Vietnamese cajeput oil and ocimum oil in combination with antibacterial agents.’
  • 2A chiefly Australasian tree related to the bottlebrushes, having papery bark and yielding this aromatic oil.

    Genus Melaleuca, family Myrtaceae: M. cajuputi, which produces cajuput oil, and M. quinquenervia

    Also called paperbark
    • ‘The province's goal to grow more than 75,000 ha of cajuputs by 2010 is now considered impossible, but officials are trying to preserve the remaining area.’
    • ‘The ingredients include the oils of lemon, sweet almond, cajuput, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint and thyme in specific proportions.’
    • ‘Unlike forest fires in other areas, the sight of smoke and flame here means that the roots and lower trunks of cajeputs have caught fire even as their canopy remains green.’
    • ‘Date palms, planted originally by Afghan camel drivers in the late 1800s, have now almost overtaken the natural vegetation of pale cajeputs and pretty river gums.’
    • ‘‘The park has a number of tree species including snakewood, bloodwoods, river red gums and cajeputs (a paperbark) and biological surveys have revealed a large suite of native mammals including the northern quoll and several smaller species as well as a range of native rodents,’ she said.’
    • ‘The oil of cajuput and its preparations may be given on sugar, or mixed with honey, or in an emulsion, or in warm brandy and water.’
    • ‘This is an essential oil from a small branch of the Myrtaceae family called Melaleuca, steam distilled from the leaves and buds of the cajuput, which grows wild in the Far East.’


Late 18th century: from Malay kayu putih, literally ‘white tree’.