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- n. Melia azedarach, a deciduous or semi-evergreen tree with poisonous fruit, native to India, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a tree of the genus Melia, the best known species of which (Melia azedarach), has blue flowers which are very fragrant, and berries which are poisonous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Melia Azedarach, natural order Meliaceœ.
- n. The name in Jamaica of a leguminous timber-tree, Ormosia dasycarpa, with red globose seeds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small tree of West Indies and northeastern Venezuela having large oblong pointed leaflets and panicles of purple flowers; seeds are black or scarlet with black spots
Its seeds are used as beads, hence the name. (Wiktionary)