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 of fragrant purple blossoms and small ornamental but inedible yellow fruits. It has been naturalized as a shade tree and is common in the southern United States; -- called also, {chinaberry}, {China tree}, {Pride of India}, {Pride of China}, and {Bead tree}.

Syn: chinaberry, chinaberry tree, China tree, Persian lilac, pride-of-India, azedarach, Melia azederach, Melia azedarach [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. (Med.) The bark of the roots of the azedarach, used as a cathartic and emetic. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • chinaberry — noun 1. evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans • Syn: ↑China tree, ↑false dogwood, ↑jaboncillo, ↑Sapindus saponaria • Hypernyms: ↑soapberry, ↑soapberry tree …   Useful english dictionary

  • chinaberry — noun Date: 1890 a small Asian tree (Melia azedarach) of the mahogany family naturalized in the southern United States where it is widely planted for shade or ornament …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chinaberry — noun a) Melia azedarach, a deciduous tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae, native to India, southern China and Australia. b) The fruit of such a tree. Syn: azedarach, Persian lilac …   Wiktionary

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