China tree


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China tree

China tree

n
(Plants) another name for chinaberry1

chi•na•ber•ry

(ˈtʃaɪ nəˌbɛr i)

n., pl. -ries.
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 China tree.
[1885–90, Amer.]
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Noun1.China tree - evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native AmericansChina tree - evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans
soapberry, soapberry tree - a tree of the genus Sapindus whose fruit is rich in saponin
genus Sapindus, Sapindus - type genus of the Sapindaceae
2.China tree - tree of northern India and China having purple blossoms and small inedible yellow fruitsChina tree - tree of northern India and China having purple blossoms and small inedible yellow fruits; naturalized in the southern United States as a shade tree
genus Melia, Melia - type genus of the Meliaceae: East Indian and Australian deciduous trees with leaves resembling those of the ash
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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The wagon rolled up a weedy gravel walk, under a noble avenue of China trees, whose graceful forms and ever-springing foliage seemed to be the only things there that neglect could not daunt or alter,--like noble spirits, so deeply rooted in goodness, as to flourish and grow stronger amid discouragement and decay.
Grading conditions of log products for northeastern China tree species.

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