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Related to cajeput: Cajeput oil
caj·e·putor caj·u·put (kăj′ə-pət, -po͝ot′)
a. A melaleuca tree (Melaleuca cajuputi) of Southeast Asia and Australia whose leaves yield an essential oil.
b. The oil obtained from this tree, used as a flavoring and in cosmetics and medicinal preparations.
2. Any of several other melaleucas, especially M. leucadendra or M. quinquenervia, which is naturalized in southern Florida.
[Ultimately (partly via Dutch kajoe poetih) from Malay (Indonesian dialect) kayu putih : kayu, wood, tree (from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kahiw, of Proto-Austronesian origin kahiw) + Malay putih, white (from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *putiq).]
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(Plants) a variant spelling of cajuput
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caj•e•put(ˈkædʒ ə pət, -ˌpʊt)
an Australasian tree, Melaleucaleucadendron, of the myrtle family, with papery bark, yielding an aromatic oil used in medicines and perfumes.
[< New Latin cajuputi < Dutch kajoe-poetih(-olie) < Malay kayu putih=kayu white + putih tree]
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