Definition of neem in US English:



  • A tropical Old World tree, that yields timber resembling mahogany, oil, medicinal products, and insecticide.

    Azadirachta indica, family Meliaceae

    Also called margosa
    • ‘Set in Southern India in 1995, the book follows four characters whose lives are all linked through the neem - India's ‘miracle tree’.’
    • ‘For oily skin, seek extra antibacterial protection with soaps containing neem, tea tree or other naturally purifying oils.’
    • ‘You may find some help from a product containing neem, malathion or dormant oil.’
    • ‘For instance, in the International Airport area, trees such as neem, tamarind, casuarina and ficus, which absorb sound extremely well, are recommended.’
    • ‘On one side was the semul tree, the branches of the chameli adorned the verandah, the kachnar and mango trees in front, an all-season lemon tree and of course, the neem.’


Early 19th century: via Hindi from Sanskrit nimba.