chinaberry

Definitions of chinaberry
  1. noun
    evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans
    synonyms: China tree, Sapindus saponaria, false dogwood, jaboncillo
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    type of:
    soapberry, soapberry tree
    a tree of the genus Sapindus whose fruit is rich in saponin
  2. noun
    tree of northern India and China having purple blossoms and small inedible yellow fruits; naturalized in the southern United States as a shade tree
    synonyms: China tree, Melia azedarach, Melia azederach, Persian lilac, azedarach, azederach, chinaberry tree, pride-of-India
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    type of:
    tree
    a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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