Mallee definitions

măl'ē
Any of various shrubby, multiple-stemmed eucalyptuses found in semi-arid areas of southern Australia.
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A thicket of these plants or a region where they predominate.
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Any of several shrubby species of Australian eucalyptus (as Eucalyptus dumosa and E. oleosa)
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In Australia, dense thicket formed by such plants.
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A type of scrubland with low-growing thick eucalypts, characteristic of certain parts of Australia. [from 19th c.]
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Any semi-desert region of Australia where such scrub is the predominant vegetation. [from 19th c.]
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Any of several low-growing eucalypts characteristic of such scrubland, especially Eucalyptus dumosa, Eucalyptus oleosa, and Eucalyptus socialis. [from 19th c.]
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(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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Origin of mallee

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