Definition of manchineel in English:


Line breaks: man¦chi|neel
Pronunciation: /ˌman(t)ʃɪˈniːl


  • A Caribbean tree which has acrid apple-like fruit and poisonous milky sap which can cause temporary blindness.
    • Hippomane mancinella, family Euphorbiaceae
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    • While on the beach, keep a lookout for manchineel trees because the fruit and sap is highly poisonous.
    • Most manchineels have red warning bands painted round the trunks and danger signs attached.
    • A picnic lunch was arranged on the beach under a manchineel tree and guest swam in the clear blue waters while John planted coconut trees along the shore.


mid 17th century: from French mancenille, from Spanish manzanilla, diminutive of manzana 'apple', based on Latin matiana (poma) (neuter plural), denoting a kind of apple.

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