Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A deciduous Asian tree (Melia azedarach), widely cultivated and naturalized in the southern United States, having bipinnately compound leaves, lavender flowers, and poisonous yellow fruit.

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

  • noun an evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by native Americans.
  • noun a tree of N India and China having purple blossoms and small inedible yellow fruits; naturalized in the southern US as a shade tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany Melia azedarach, a deciduous tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae, native to India, southern China and Australia.
  • noun The fruit of such a tree.

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
  • noun evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans

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Examples

  • The chinaberry is a warm-weather shade tree that was brought to the United States a couple of centuries ago and has flourished in the South.

    Childhood in a minor key

  • The chinaberry is a warm-weather shade tree that was brought to the United States a couple of centuries ago and has flourished in the South.

    Childhood in a minor key

  • Melia azedarach, called chinaberry or West Indian lilac, contained a number of toxic alkaloids.

    Jurassic Park

  • A tree-snapping wind storm in May and a worsening drought have dealt more blows, and invasive species such as chinaberry, nandina and ligustrum are choking out native plants.

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • While the store now seemed small to him, the trees—pecan and chinaberry and the occasional spiny-trunked palm—seemed enormous.

    Calling Up Ghosts on the Ten-Mile Straight

  • I skirt the shade of the chinaberry, move steadily away from Jimmy's fistful of asps.

    South Oak Cliff

  • In Midland, where the sky arced over us in one enormous dome of blistering blue and where people doggedly imported acres of elm seedlings and chinaberry trees to plant the green ribbons of shade that lined their streets at the edge of the desert, we were quite literally an ocean and almost a continent removed.

    Spoken from the Heart

  • In Midland, where the sky arced over us in one enormous dome of blistering blue and where people doggedly imported acres of elm seedlings and chinaberry trees to plant the green ribbons of shade that lined their streets at the edge of the desert, we were quite literally an ocean and almost a continent removed.

    Spoken from the Heart

  • It is green all year long, but in the summertime it throws off a nasty, staining black fruit about the size of a chinaberry that keeps our gardener busy with the chlorine and brush.

    Winemaking in the Mexican sierra

  • A car went by, then a truck, the illumination of their headlights falling outside the pool of shadow under the chinaberry tree.

    Rain Gods

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  • Vine leaves tap my window,

    The snail-track shines on the stones,

    Dew-drops flash from the chinaberry tree

    Repeating two clear tones.

    - Conrad Aiken, 'Morning Song of Senlin'.

    October 4, 2008

  • Don't swallow the shardpit.

    October 4, 2008

  • See citation on roller bird.

    June 15, 2009

  • "A final flight, short and narrow, as though it were the last resistance to gravity the structure could come up with, passes through glass doors to an open balcony overlooking a charming old garden of chinaberries and variegated mosses and birches peeling in papery white tatters around a pool that undoubtedly spells out a word like heart or mind but has been allowed to revert so thoroughly to nature that its letters, like the snow-weathered features of a marble bust, have lapsed into incoherence."

    Forgetting Elena by Edmund White, p 69 of the Vintage International paperback edition

    November 20, 2009