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manchineel

[man-chuh-neel] /ˌmæn tʃəˈnil/
noun
1.
a tropical American tree or shrub, Hippomane mancinella, of the spurge family, having a milky, highly caustic, poisonous sap.
Origin of manchineel
1620-1630
1620-30; earlier mancinell, mançanilla < French mancenille and its source, Spanish manzanilla, diminutive of manzana apple, Old Spanish mazana < Latin (māla) Matiāna (apples) of Matius Roman author of a cooking manual (1st century b.c.)
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  • Large shade structures and manchineel trees provide ample shade.
  • manchineel has yellow-green leaves that have a distinct mid-vein and slightly serrated edges.
British Dictionary definitions for manchineel

manchineel

/ˌmæntʃɪˈniːl/
noun
1.
a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hippomane mancinella, having fruit and milky highly caustic poisonous sap, which causes skin blisters
Word Origin
C17: via French from Spanish manzanilla
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