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Noun: chinaberry  'chI-nu,be-ree
  1. Evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans
    - China tree, false dogwood, jaboncillo, Sapindus saponaria
  2. Tree of northern India and China having purple blossoms and small inedible yellow fruits; naturalized in the southern United States as a shade tree
    - chinaberry tree, China tree, Persian lilac, pride-of-India, azederach, azedarach, Melia azederach, Melia azedarach

Derived forms: chinaberries

Type of: soapberry, soapberry tree, tree

Part of: genus Melia, genus Sapindus, Melia, Sapindus

Encyclopedia: Chinaberry