One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tall tree which bears fragrant lilac flowers and yellow berries, native to Asia and Australasia.
Melia azedarach, family Meliaceae
- ‘I used to climb to the top of one of the huge chinaberry trees which guarded our front gate, and look out over the world.’
- ‘Comanche Lookout Park hosts combinations of ashe juniper, Texas and Mexican buckeye, as well as chinaberry, graneno, Lindheimer hackberry, honey mesquite, huisache, and more.’
- ‘On one side it was anchored by a huge chinaberry tree, on the other by a towering mimosa.’
- ‘Our neighbor has one chinaberry tree in the front, but all we have is grey dirt.’
- ‘I was a cultural mulatto, born and raised without the benefits of Watts, chop shops, Motown street corners, or deep down Smithville fishing holes and chinaberry trees… I was too black to be white, too white to be black.’
- 1.1 The fruit of the chinaberry, used to make insecticides and also rosary beads.‘a rosary made of chinaberries’
- ‘Among his choices were olive, lemon, lime, apricot, peach, and chinaberry.’
- ‘In the Southeast, chinaberries and blackberries are most popular.’
- ‘In the vicinity of Dothan, Alabama, bluejays are often called "roller birds," because when chinaberries are ripe, they sit in the trees and gorge themselves on chinaberries until they grow drunk.’
- ‘The GLTs foraged on the chinaberries in this area for about half an hour before returning to Beaver Valley.’
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