neem tree

neem

[neem]
1.
a product of the seeds of a tropical tree, Azadirachta indica, of the mahogany family, that disrupts reproduction in insects, used as an insecticide.
2.
Also called neem tree, nim tree, margosa. the tree itself.

Origin:
1805–15; < Hindi nīm < Sanskrit nimba

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neem (niːm)
 
n
a large tree of India, Azadirachta indica, all parts of which are useful to man: the leaves act as a natural pesticide, the fruit and seeds yield a medicinal oil, the bark is used to make a tonic, and the trunk exudes a gum
 
[C19: from Hindi nīm, from Sanskrit nimba]

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