manchineel definition by Webster's New World
- a tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella) of the spurge family, with a milky, irritant juice and plumlike, poisonous fruit
- its wood
Origin: French mancenille ; from Spanish manzanilla, diminutive of manzana, apple ; from Classical Latin matianum (pomum), (apple), of Matius, Roman author of a cookery manual
manchineel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.