noun pl. chinaberries
- a tropical Asiatic tree (Melia azederach) of the mahogany family, bearing yellow, beadlike fruit: widely grown as a lawn tree throughout the S U.S.
- soapberry (sense )
- the fruit of either of these trees
See chinaberry in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A deciduous Asian tree (Melia azedarach), widely cultivated and naturalized in the southern United States and having bipinnately compound leaves, clusters of purplish flowers, and yellow, globose, poisonous fruits. Also called China tree.