man·​chi·​neel ˌman-chə-ˈnēl How to pronounce manchineel (audio)
: a poisonous tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella) of the spurge family having a blistering milky juice and apple-shaped fruit

Examples of manchineel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If touched, the irritants found in manchineel sap can produce inflammation and painful blisters on the skin. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 1 July 2020 This is the family, Euphorbiaceae, to which the dreaded, nearly mythical manchineel tree (Hippomane mancinella) with its toxic fruit belongs. Kenneth Setzer,, 3 July 2017

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Word History


French mancenille, from Spanish manzanilla, from diminutive of manzana apple

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manchineel was in 1630

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“Manchineel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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