Meaning of bastard box in English:

bastard box


  • 1Australian Any of several rough-barked eucalyptus trees.

  • 2Shrubby milkwort, Polygala chamaebuxus, an evergreen shrub which is native to alpine regions of west-central Europe and has white or purple flowers with yellow stigmatic lobes.

  • 3Australian An evergreen tree native to Australia and cultivated elsewhere, Lophostemon confertus (family Myrtaceae), having glossy ovate leaves and clusters of feathery white flowers.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Brown (1757–1831), writer on agriculture.