Me·​lia | \ ˈmēlēə, -lyə \

Definition of Melia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a genus (the type of the family Meliaceae) of East Indian and Australian deciduous trees with pinnate or bipinnate leaves resembling those of the ashes, fragrant white or lilac flowers in axillary panicles, and small drupaceous fruits containing hard bony seeds — see chinaberry sense 2
\ ˈmēlēə, ˈmel-, -lyə \
plural -s

Definition of -melia (Entry 2 of 2)

: condition of the limbs anisomelia schistomelia ectromelia

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History and Etymology for Melia


New Latin, from Greek melia, meliē manna ash; from the resemblance of the leaves to those of the ash

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek melos limb + New Latin -ia

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“Melia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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