Manchineel definition

mănchĭ-nēl
A tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella) having poisonous fruit and a milky sap that causes skin blisters on contact.
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A tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella) of the spurge family, with a milky, irritant juice and plumlike, poisonous fruit.
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Its wood.
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A tropical American tree, Hippomane mancinella, having apple-like, poisonous fruit, and a sap that causes blisters on contact with the skin.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
manchineel
Plural:
manchineels

Origin of manchineel

  • French mancenille from Spanish manzanillo a kind of olive tree bearing fine small olives, manchineel from manzanilla fine small olive, fruit of the manchineel from diminutive of manzana apple from Old Spanish mançana manzanilla

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish manzanillo, from manzana (apple), from Latin malum Matianum (a kind of apple).

    From Wiktionary