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Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Melaleuca, native chiefly to Australia, having aromatic leaves containing essential oils and usually papery white bark.

[New Latin, genus name : Greek melās, black (probably from the black trunks or the black inner bark of some melaleuca species ) + Greek leukos, white; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]


(Plants) any shrub or tree of the mostly Australian myrtaceous genus Melaleuca, found in sandy or swampy regions
[C19: New Latin, from Greek melas black + leukos white, from its black trunk and white branches]
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I saw the paperbark tree in my schoolyard: the tree looked champ so I wanted to paint it.
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Showers in the open, a breezy shelter at night, a fire made from the local paperbark tree, with its exotic incense-like scent, and all of my five stars are checked off.