chi·​na·​ber·​ry | \ ˈchī-nə-ˌber-ē How to pronounce chinaberry (audio) , Southern also ˈchā-nē-ˌber-ē\

Definition of chinaberry

: a small Asian tree (Melia azedarach) of the mahogany family naturalized in the southern U.S. where it is widely planted for shade or ornament

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A line of old-fashioned chinaberry trees adds charm to the side of the house. Lindsay Bierman, Southern Living, "The New Must-Have Coffee Table Book: New Roads and Old Rivers," 11 July 2017

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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