neem

noun

: a large tropical Asian tree (Azadirachta indica) of the mahogany family having a bitter bark used as a tonic and leaves and seeds that have insecticidal and antiseptic properties and yield a medicinal aromatic oil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to its insecticidal properties, neem oil is also a fungicide and has systemic benefits, meaning that some of the oil is absorbed by the plant, offering persistent protection. oregonlive, 8 Jan. 2023 Neem oil is derived from the neem tree and has insecticidal and anti-inflammatory properties. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2022 Honey, neem oil, oatmeal, and coconut oil Dry skin and dirt coats have met their match! Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Save the Elephants is experimenting with a recipe in which garlic, chili, ginger and neem oil are boiled in water. Bethany Brookshire, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 Regarding spraying neem oil in the spring, is there a way to know when the nymphs are active? oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2022 This formula includes ingredients like bladderwrack seaweed, neem oil, spirulina, kukui oil, aloe vera, and coconut oil. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Insecticidal soap or neem oil sprays are also effective. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2021 It's also infused with tulsi, turmeric, and neem extracts, which are long-standing staples of Indian skin care. Meehika Barua, Allure, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Hindi & Urdu nīm, from Sanskrit nimba

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neem was in 1813

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“Neem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neem. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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