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[chahy-nuh-ber-ee] /ˈtʃaɪ nəˌbɛr i/
noun, plural chinaberries.
a tree, Melia azedarach, of the mahogany family, native to Asia but widely planted elsewhere for its ornamental yellow fruits and long clusters of fragrant purplish flowers.
Also called chinaberry tree, China tree.
Origin of chinaberry
1885-90, Americanism; China + berry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Elderberry, sumac, and chinaberry are all convenient.
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British Dictionary definitions for chinaberry


noun (pl) -ries
Also called China tree, azedarach. a spreading Asian meliaceous tree, Melia azedarach, widely grown in the US for its ornamental white or purple flowers and beadlike yellow fruits
another name for soapberry
the fruit of any of these trees
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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