manchineel

[ man-chuh-neel ]
/ ˌmæn tʃəˈnil /

noun

a tropical American tree or shrub, Hippomane mancinella, of the spurge family, having a milky, highly caustic, poisonous sap.

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Origin of manchineel

1620–30; earlier mancinell, mançanilla<French mancenille and its source, Spanish manzanilla, diminutive of manzana apple, Old Spanish mazana<Latin (māla) Matiāna (apples) of Matius Roman author of a cooking manual (1st century b.c.)
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British Dictionary definitions for manchineel

manchineel
/ (ˌmæntʃɪˈniːl) /

noun

a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hippomane mancinella, having fruit and milky highly caustic poisonous sap, which causes skin blisters

Word Origin for manchineel

C17: via French from Spanish manzanilla
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