American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Leptospermum, native to Australia and New Zealand, having small, needlelike leaves and white, pink, or red flowers.
- n. Any of several Australian trees of the genus Melaleuca, especially M. alternifolia, whose leaves yield an oil used in various herbal preparations.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common tea-plant or tea-shrub. See tea, 2.
- n. A name of various myrtaceous and other plants, chiefly of the genera Leptospermum and Melaleuca, found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. See phrases below. Very abundant and conspicuous, especially in New Zealand, is L. scoparium, the broom tea-tree, known also as
tea-scrub. It is an erect rigid shrub, or in the mountains prostrate, from 1 to 12 feet high, forming dense thickets, with leathery sharp-pointed foliage, covered for two months with abundant small white blossoms. Its wood, though small, is hard and useful for turning, etc. L. lanigerum, the Tasmanian tea-tree (found also in Australia), is a somewhat larger, very abundant shrub or tree, with a hard even-grained wood. The leaves of both are reputed to have been used by Captain Cook or early colonists as tea, which may account for the name, but the native Australian name of the former is ti. Melaleuca uncinata, the common tea-tree, is a shrub, or sometimes a tree from 40 to 80 feet high, with hard, heavy, durable wood, widely diffused in Australia.
- n. The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, from which black, green, oolong and white tea are all obtained.
- n. The tree Melaleuca alternifolia from which tea tree oil is obtained.
- n. A shrub or small tree native to New Zealand and southeast Australia, Leptospermum scoparium.
- n. The kanuka, Kunzea ericoides.
- n. The duke of Argyll's tea tree, Lycium barbarum, also known as wolfberry or matrimony vine.
- n. The shrub ti, Cordyline fruticosa.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) the tea plant of China. See Tea plant, above.
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