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caj·e·put

or caj·u·put  (kăj′ə-pət, -po͝ot′)
n.
1.
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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cajuput

(ˈkædʒəˌpʊt) ,

cajeput

or

kajeput

n
1. (Plants) a small myrtaceous tree or shrub, Melaleuca leucadendron, native to the East Indies and Australia, with whitish flowers and leaves
2. (Plants) a green aromatic oil derived from this tree, used to treat skin diseases
3. (Plants) a lauraceous tree, Umbellularia californica, whose aromatic leaves are used in medicine
[C18: from Malay kayu puteh, from kayu wood + puteh white]
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