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Noun: China tree  chI-nu tree
  1. 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, chinaberry tree, Persian lilac, pride-of-India, azederach, azedarach, Melia azederach, Melia azedarach
     
  2. Evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans
    - false dogwood, jaboncillo, chinaberry, Sapindus saponaria

Derived forms: China trees

Type of: soapberry, soapberry tree, tree

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

Encyclopedia: China tree