man·​chi·​neel | \ ˌman-chə-ˈnēl How to pronounce manchineel (audio) \

Definition of manchineel

: a poisonous tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella) of the spurge family having a blistering milky juice and apple-shaped fruit

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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, "The Manchineel Is a Scary Tropical Tree That Can Kill You," 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,, "Fairchild's Tropical Garden Column: Going native in the garden? Try these plants," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of manchineel

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manchineel

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

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“Manchineel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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