Definition of chinaberry in English:

chinaberry

Syllabification: chi·na·ber·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈCHīnəˌberē
 
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(also Chinaberry)

noun (plural chinaberries)

  • 1A tall tree of the mahogany family native to Asia and Australasia, bearing fragrant lilac flowers and yellow berries. It has become naturalized in parts of North America.
    • Melia azedarach, family Meliaceae
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    • On one side it was anchored by a huge chinaberry tree, on the other by a towering mimosa.
    • Our neighbor has one chinaberry tree in the front, but all we have is grey dirt.
    • Comanche Lookout Park hosts combinations of ashe juniper, Texas and Mexican buckeye, as well as chinaberry, graneno, Lindheimer hackberry, honey mesquite, huisache, and more.
  • 1.1The fruit of the chinaberry tree, used as beads and to make insecticides: a rosary made of chinaberries
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    • Among his choices were olive, lemon, lime, apricot, peach, and chinaberry.
    • In the vicinity of Dothan, Alabama, bluejays are often called "roller birds," because when chinaberries are ripe, they sit in the trees and gorge themselves on chinaberries until they grow drunk.
    • In the Southeast, chinaberries and blackberries are most popular.

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