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A tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella) having poisonous fruit and a milky sap that causes skin blisters on contact.
[French mancenille, from Spanish manzanillo, a kind of olive tree bearing fine small olives, manchineel, from manzanilla, fine small olive, fruit of the manchineel, from diminutive of manzana, apple, from Old Spanish mançana; see manzanilla.]
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(Plants) a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hippomane mancinella, having fruit and milky highly caustic poisonous sap, which causes skin blisters
[C17: via French from Spanish manzanilla]
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a tropical American tree or shrub, Hippomane mancinella, of the spurge family, having a milky, highly caustic, poisonous sap.
[1620–30; < French mancenille]
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