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azedarach

[uh-zed-uh-rak] /əˈzɛd əˌræk/
noun
Origin of azedarach
1745-1755
1745-55; < New Latin < French azédaracPersian āzād dirakht noble tree
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Historical Examples
  • Margosa oil is obtained from the seeds of Melia azedarach, a tree which is found in most parts of India and Burma.

  • China Tree (Melia azedarach) belongs to the same family as mahogany but is of a different genus.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for azedarach

azedarach

/əˈzɛdəˌræk/
noun
1.
the astringent bark of the chinaberry tree, formerly used as an emetic and cathartic
2.
another name for chinaberry (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from French azédarac, from Persian āzād dirakht, from āzād free, noble + dirakht tree
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