Sinonimi: eucalypt | eucalyptus tree
ETYM New Lat., from Greek eu well, good + kalyptos covered. The buds of Eucalyptus have a hemispherical or conical covering, which falls off at anthesis.
(Irregular plural: eucalyptuses, or: eucalypti).
1. A tree of the genus Eucalyptus; SYN. eucalypt, eucalyptus tree.
2. Wood of any of various eucalyptus trees valued as timber.
Any tree of the genus Eucalyptus of the myrtle family Myrtaceae, native to Australia and Tasmania, where they are commonly known as gum trees. About 90% of Australian timber belongs to the eucalyptus genus, which comprises about 500 species. The trees have dark hardwood timber which is used principally for heavy construction as in railroad and bridge building. They are tall, aromatic, evergreen trees with pendant leaves and white, pink, or red flowers.