mallee

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From Woiwurrung mali.

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mallee (plural mallees)

  1. A type of scrubland with low-growing thick eucalypts, characteristic of certain parts of Australia. [from 19th c.]
  2. Any semi-desert region of Australia where such scrub is the predominant vegetation. [from 19th c.]
    • 1958, EO Schlunke, The Village Hampden:
      ‘They're going to lynch you, Regerson,’ Harry told him, grinning. ‘You'd better take to the mallee before they come for you.’
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 365:
      It made no difference that he had also invented several ploughs and a device for grubbing Mallee country or that people had journeyed all the way from Melbourne to inspect them.
  3. Any of several low-growing eucalypts characteristic of such scrubland, especially Eucalyptus dumosa, Eucalyptus oleosa, and Eucalyptus socialis. [from 19th c.]
  4. (botany) The growth habit of certain eucalypt species that grow with multiple stems springing from an underground lignotuber, shared by species of related genera.

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mallee

  1. vocative singular of malleus