Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various shrubby, multiple-stemmed eucalyptuses found in semi-arid areas of southern Australia.
  • noun A thicket of these plants or a region where they predominate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Two dwarf species of Eucalyptus, E. dumosa and E. oleosa, growing in Australia. They sometimes form immense tracts of brushwood, called mallee-scrub.
  • noun Same as molly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A dwarf Australian eucalypt with a number of thin stems springing from a thickened stock. The most common species are Eucalyptus dumosa and Eucalyptus Gracilis.
  • noun Australia Scrub or thicket formed by the mallee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several Australian eucalyptus trees.
  • noun A thicket of these trees.
  • noun botany The growth habit of certain eucalypt species that grow with multiple stems springing from an underground lignotuber, shared by species of related genera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of several low-growing Australian eucalypts

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably Wemba-wemba (Pama-Nyungan language of southeast Australia) mali.]

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Woiwurrung mali.

Examples

  • The mallee is the basis of the one industry that continues here: it is coppiced every few years to make eucalyptus oil.

    Wildwood

  • The mallee is the basis of the one industry that continues here: it is coppiced every few years to make eucalyptus oil.

    Wildwood

  • After crossing the Murray the train passes through what is known as "the desert" -- a stretch of country covered with mallee scrub (the mallee is a kind of small gum-tree); but nowadays they are finding out that this mallee scrub is not hopeless country at all.

    Peeps At Many Lands: Australia

  • There is one fowl here called the mallee bird, about the size of the pheasant, and resembling him in many ways.

    The Land of the Kangaroo Adventures of Two Youths in a Journey through the Great Island Continent

  • The mallee is a gregarious bird, and at the breeding season large numbers of them come together.

    The Land of the Kangaroo Adventures of Two Youths in a Journey through the Great Island Continent

  • Principal vegetation types in this region are [[Eucalyptus]] woodlands, and the Eucalyptus-dominated 'mallee' shrubland.

    Biological diversity in Southwest Australia

  • "One of the reasons we promoted the carbon-sink-forest tax deductibility was because there are vast areas of Australia where there's the opportunity to reforest areas, often with trees that have virtually no value from a timber point of view such as mallee, (but) are very effective in storing carbon," Mr Turnbull said last night.

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  • "One of the reasons we promoted the carbon-sink-forest tax deductibility was because there are vast areas of Australia where there's the opportunity to reforest areas, often with trees that have virtually no value from a timber point of view such as mallee, (but) are very effective in storing carbon," Mr Turnbull said last night.

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  • "One of the reasons we promoted the carbon-sink-forest tax deductibility was because there are vast areas of Australia where there's the opportunity to reforest areas, often with trees that have virtually no value from a timber point of view such as mallee, (but) are very effective in storing carbon," Mr Turnbull said last night.

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  • "One of the reasons we promoted the carbon-sink-forest tax deductibility was because there are vast areas of Australia where there's the opportunity to reforest areas, often with trees that have virtually no value from a timber point of view such as mallee, (but) are very effective in storing carbon," Mr Turnbull said last night.

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  • The Mallee is a region in the dry northwest of Victoria, Australia. It is characterised by the eponymous tree.

    May 23, 2009