from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ornamental East Indian tree, Melia Azedarach, cultivated in southern Europe and America, and also known as bead-tree, pride of India, etc. See Melia.
  • noun A drug, consisting of the bark of the root of the azedarach. It is an emetic and a cathartic, and is used as a vermifuge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) a handsome tree (Melia azedarach) of the mahogany family, native to Northern India and China, having long clusters of fragrant purple blossoms and small ornamental but inedible yellow fruits. It has been naturalized as a shade tree and is common in the southern United States; -- called also, chinaberry, China tree, Pride of India, Pride of China, and Bead tree.
  • noun (Med.) The bark of the roots of the azedarach, used as a cathartic and emetic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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