tea tree

tea tree
noun
Etymology: tea (I) + tree
1. : tea 1a
2. [so called from the use of their leaves as a substitute for tea]
a. : any of various Australian shrubs or trees of the genus Leptospermum (especially L. scoparium) or the genus Melaleuca (especially M. squarrosa) forming dense thickets

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tea tree,
1. the shrub that yields tea.
2. any one of various trees or shrubs that belong to the myrtle family, having a heavy, durable wood, and leaves used as a substitute for tea.
3. an African shrub of the nightshade family, with violet flowers and spiny branches.
4. (in Great Britain) a flowering shrub related to the boxthorn, a native of China.
5. a native tree of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Coromandel with leaves like those of the tea shrub.

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n. an Australasian flowering shrub or small tree with leaves that are sometimes used for tea. Genus Leptospermum, family Myrtaceae: several species, in particular L. scoparium

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ˈtea tree [tea tree] noun
a small Australian and New Zealand tree. The oil from its leaves can be used to treat wounds and skin problems.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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