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chinaberry

[ chahy-nuh-ber-ee ]
/ ˈtʃaɪ nəˌbɛr i /
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noun, plural chi·na·ber·ries.
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.
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Also called chinaberry tree, China tree.

Origin of chinaberry

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; China + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for chinaberry

chinaberry
/ (ˈtʃaɪnəbərɪ) /

noun plural -ries
Also called: China tree, azedarach a spreading Asian meliaceous tree, Melia azedarach, widely grown in the US for its ornamental white or purple flowers and beadlike yellow fruits
another name for soapberry
the fruit of any of these trees
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