tea tree
noun Etymology: from the use of an infusion of their leaves as a beverage Date: 1790 1. any of various Australasian shrubs or small trees (genus Leptospermum) of the myrtle family that form dense thickets and have aromatic evergreen foliage 2. any of various melaleucas (especially Melaleuca alternifolia) with aromatic leaves that yield an essential oil used especially as an antiseptic

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  • Tea tree — Tea Tea (t[=e]), n. [Chin. tsh[=a], Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. th[ e].] 1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree ({Thea Chinensis} or {Camellia Chinensis}). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tea tree — or Ti tree is a popular name that has been applied to a number of different, unrelated plants: * Camellia sinensis (aka Thea sinensis ), from which black, green, oolong and white tea are all obtained. * Melaleuca from which tea tree oil is… …   Wikipedia

  • tea tree — tea ,tree noun count a small tree from Australia and New Zealand that produces a special oil used for treating minor skin problems, or in beauty products a. uncount oil from a tea tree …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tea tree — tea′ tree n. a tall shrub or small tree, Leptospermum scoparium, of the myrtle family, native to New Zealand and Australia • Etymology: 1750–60; so called from the use of its leaves as an infusion …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tea-tree — Arbre à thé Arbre à thé …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tea tree — Arbre à thé Arbre à thé …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tea tree — UK / US noun Word forms tea tree : singular tea tree plural tea trees a) [countable] a small tree from Australia and New Zealand that produces a special oil used for treating minor skin problems, or used in beauty products b) [uncountable] oil… …   English dictionary

  • tea tree — noun 1》 (also ti tree) an Australasian flowering shrub or small tree, some species of which yield an essential oil or have leaves that are sometimes used for tea. [Melaleuca alternifolia and Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) and related species.]… …   English new terms dictionary

  • tea tree — Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to eastern Australia; its leaves and branches yield tea tree oil …   Medical dictionary

  • tea tree — A tree that is a member of the myrtle family. Oil from the tea tree is used in shampoos and skin care products and to treat skin infections. It has been used in some cultures to treat other skin conditions, including acne, burns, and insect bites …   English dictionary of cancer terms

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