Pride of China
Margosa Mar*go"sa, n. [Pg. amargoso bitter.] (Bot.) A large tree of the genus {Melia} ({Melia Azadirachta}) found in India. Its bark is bitter, and used as a tonic. A valuable oil is expressed from its seeds, and a tenacious gum exudes from its trunk. The {Melia Azedarach} is a much more showy tree, and is cultivated in the Southern United States, where it is known as {Pride of India}, {Pride of China}, or {bead tree}. Various parts of the tree are considered anthelmintic. [1913 Webster]

The margosa oil . . . is a most valuable balsam for wounds, having a peculiar smell which prevents the attacks of flies. --Sir S. Baker. [1913 Webster]


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  • Pride of China — Pride Pride, n. [AS. pr[=y]te; akin to Icel. pr[=y][eth]i honor, ornament, pr??a to adorn, Dan. pryde, Sw. pryda; cf. W. prydus comely. See {Proud}.] 1. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pride of China — China Chi na, n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia. [1913 Webster] 2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See {Porcelain}. [1913 Webster] {China aster} (Bot.), a well known garden flower and plant. See {Aster}. {China bean}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pride of China — Azedarach A*zed a*rach, azederach azederach, n. [F. az[ e]darac, Sp. acederaque, Pers. [=a]z[=a]ddirakht noble tree.] 1. (Bot.) a handsome tree ({Melia azedarach}) of the mahogany family, native to Northern India and China, having long clusters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pride of china — Usage: usually capitalized C : chinaberry 2 * * * the chinaberry, Melia azedarach. Also called pride of India. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * pride of China or pride of India, = chinaberry (def. 1). (Cf. ↑chinaberry) …   Useful english dictionary

  • pride of China — the chinaberry, Melia azedarach. Also called pride of India. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Pride of India — Pride Pride, n. [AS. pr[=y]te; akin to Icel. pr[=y][eth]i honor, ornament, pr??a to adorn, Dan. pryde, Sw. pryda; cf. W. prydus comely. See {Proud}.] 1. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pride of the desert — Pride Pride, n. [AS. pr[=y]te; akin to Icel. pr[=y][eth]i honor, ornament, pr??a to adorn, Dan. pryde, Sw. pryda; cf. W. prydus comely. See {Proud}.] 1. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pride of India — pride of China or pride of India, = chinaberry (def. 1). (Cf. ↑chinaberry) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pride of India — Azedarach A*zed a*rach, azederach azederach, n. [F. az[ e]darac, Sp. acederaque, Pers. [=a]z[=a]ddirakht noble tree.] 1. (Bot.) a handsome tree ({Melia azedarach}) of the mahogany family, native to Northern India and China, having long clusters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pride of India — Margosa Mar*go sa, n. [Pg. amargoso bitter.] (Bot.) A large tree of the genus {Melia} ({Melia Azadirachta}) found in India. Its bark is bitter, and used as a tonic. A valuable oil is expressed from its seeds, and a tenacious gum exudes from its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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