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