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noun, plural chi·na·ber·ries.
  1. 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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Origin of chinaberry

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; China + berry
Also called chinaberry tree, China tree.
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noun plural -ries
  1. 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
  2. another name for soapberry
  3. the fruit of any of these trees
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