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chinaberry

[ chahy-nuh-ber-ee ]

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.


chinaberry

/ ˈtʃaɪnəbərɪ /

noun

  1. Also calledChina treeazedarach 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of chinaberry1

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; China + berry
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Example Sentences

Oleander, chinaberry trees, tobacco plants, and toadstools are all poisonous to these slow fellows.

Across the street, in a chinaberry tree, a gang of sparrows are making a racket.

In that country, in fact, I have never found a nest of this bird except in the dead, slanting limb of a chinaberry tree.

In the figure the tree above the medicine lodge represents the chinaberry tree with its leaves and berries.

In fact, one of the species is locally known as wild China and Chinaberry.

The last of the county returns was wired from distant Chinaberry Junction: Judson led by fifty-two votes!

But when she stopped beneath a big chinaberry-tree, to further scan the roll of money, her wonder was redoubled.

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