from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several west Australian evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus Eucalyptus.
- n. A thicket or growth of these plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several Australian eucalyptus trees.
- n. A thicket of these trees.
- n. The growth habit of certain eucalypt species that grow with multiple stems springing from an underground lignotuber, shared by species of related genera.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Scrub or thicket formed by the mallee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Two dwarf species of Eucalyptus, E. dumosa and E. oleosa, growing in Australia. They sometimes form immense tracts of brushwood, called mallee-scrub.
- n. Same as molly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several low-growing Australian eucalypts
The mallee is the basis of the one industry that continues here: it is coppiced every few years to make eucalyptus oil.
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.
There is one fowl here called the mallee bird, about the size of the pheasant, and resembling him in many ways.
The mallee is a gregarious bird, and at the breeding season large numbers of them come together.
Principal vegetation types in this region are [[Eucalyptus]] woodlands, and the Eucalyptus-dominated 'mallee' shrubland.
"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.
Australia's second biggest airline said Wednesday that it has formed a biofuels joint venture with several energy groups focused on the native mallee species of the tree as it seeks to slash its carbon footprint and reduce costs.
DynaMotive has completed some successful testing with mallee samples sent to Canada and processed through its biofuel facilities there.
The area also has the largest sclerophyll forest in the world, ranging from grassland, dry mallee heathland scrub and sclerophyll woodland to wet sclerophyll forest, wetlands and swamps.
Scarcely a tree was left standing, but now they have grown back: ironbarks and white gums, grey box, and dense coppice woods of mallee gum trees.