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

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  • chinaberry — n. 1. an 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. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a tree of N India and China having purple… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chinaberry — ☆ chinaberry [chī′nə ber΄ē ] n. pl. chinaberries 1. a tropical Asiatic tree (Melia azederach) of the mahogany family, bearing yellow, beadlike fruit: widely grown as a lawn tree throughout the S U.S. 2. SOAPBERRY (sense 1) 3. the fruit of either… …   English World dictionary

  • chinaberry — 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

  • chinaberry — /chuy neuh ber ee/, n., pl. chinaberries. a tree, Melia azedarach, of the mahogany family, native to Asia but widely planted elsewhere for its ornamental yellow fruits and long clusters of fragrant purplish flowers. Also called chinaberry tree,… …   Universalium

  • chinaberry — noun (plural chinaberries) 1》 a tall tree bearing fragrant lilac flowers and yellow berries, native to Asia and Australasia. [Melia azedarach.] 2》 the fruit of the chinaberry …   English new terms dictionary

  • chinaberry — kininė melija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Melijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, pluoštinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Melia azedarach), paplitęs rytų ir pietų Azijoje ir Australijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Melia azedarach angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • 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 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

  • chinaberry — chi·na·ber·ry (chiґnə ber″ry) Melia azedarach …   Medical dictionary

  • Chinaberry — Melia (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

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