- a tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella) of the spurge family, with a milky, irritant juice and plumlike, poisonous fruit
- its wood
Origin: Fr mancenille from Spanish manzanilla, diminutive of manzana, apple from Classical Latin matianum (pomum), (apple), of Matius, Roman author of a cookery manual
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Origin: French mancenille, from Spanish manzanilla, diminutive of manzana, apple, from Old Spanish, from Latin (māla) Matiāna, (apples) of Matius, possibly after Caius Matius Calvena (fl. first century B.C.), Roman author of a cookbook.