- any of several shrubby species of Australian eucalyptus (as Eucalyptus dumosa and E. oleosa)
- in Australia, dense thicket formed by such plants
Origin of malleenative name in Australia
- Any of various shrubby, multiple-stemmed eucalyptuses found in semi-arid areas of southern Australia.
- A thicket of these plants or a region where they predominate.
Origin of malleeProbably Wemba-wemba (Pama-Nyungan language of southeast Australia) mali
- A type of scrubland with low-growing thick eucalypts, characteristic of certain parts of Australia. [from 19th c.]
- Any semi-desert region of Australia where such scrub is the predominant vegetation. [from 19th c.]
- Any of several low-growing eucalypts characteristic of such scrubland, especially Eucalyptus dumosa, Eucalyptus oleosa, and Eucalyptus socialis. [from 19th c.]
- (botany) The growth habit of certain eucalypt species that grow with multiple stems springing from an underground lignotuber, shared by species of related genera.