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1An evergreen tree, Melaleuca quinquenervia (family Myrtaceae), native to New Caledonia, New Guinea, and eastern Australia and noted for its resistance to fire.
2= niaouli oil.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From French niaouli from Nyelayu (New Caledonia) nyaûlî.
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