- 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.
Origin of chinaberry
Also called chinaberry tree, China tree.
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Examples from the Web for chinaberry
Across the street, in a chinaberry tree, a gang of sparrows are making a racket.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
In fact, one of the species is locally known as wild China and Chinaberry.
Dey were a chinaberry tree close to de door an' Walter got b'hin' it an' fired a pistol.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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It is commonly supposed to be the Chinaberry, by persons who judge by general appearances, but the two are not related.
Lucienne, Gabriel and Raul ate at a small table under a chinaberry tree.When the Owl Cries
In that country, in fact, I have never found a nest of this bird except in the dead, slanting limb of a chinaberry tree.The Bird Study Book
Thomas Gilbert Pearson
- 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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