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[neem] /nim/
a product of the seeds of a tropical tree, Azadirachta indica, of the mahogany family, that disrupts reproduction in insects, used as an insecticide.
Also called neem tree, nim tree, margosa. the tree itself.
Origin of neem
1805-15; < Hindi nīm < Sanskrit nimba Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Me neem is Costigan, madam, a poor gentleman of Oireland, binding to circumstances and forced to follow a disagrayable profession.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Ye'll hae an affaictionate regaird for that neem, I'm thenking, Mess Rawse?

  • Suddenly Mark recalled his glimpse of the butler in close conversation under the neem tree with Zynool's double.

  • The neem tree seeds afford a very clear or bitter oil, used for burning.

  • While greeting him I heard a great clamour of scolding babblers (Crateropus canorus) emanating from a neem tree hard by.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • "Ik heb not the neem of Jan," snarled the detected Koets, retiring in disorder.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • My elder sister Uma and I were seated in the early morning under a neem tree in our Gorakhpur compound.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • In accordance with ancient custom, the master gave to people in general a neem 35-19 oil for the cure of various diseases.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Gandhi, however, bit by bit was eating the neem paste with as much relish as if it had been a delicious sweetmeat.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • This appeared to disconcert the latter, who went back to the neem tree and rested there for a few minutes.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for neem


a large tree of India, Azadirachta indica, all parts of which are useful to man: the leaves act as a natural pesticide, the fruit and seeds yield a medicinal oil, the bark is used to make a tonic, and the trunk exudes a gum
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi nīm, from Sanskrit nimba
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