\ ˈnēm How to pronounce neem (audio) \

Definition of neem

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, all the possible homeowner chemicals listed for managing cucumber beetles, including the organic products neem and spinosad, are toxic to bees. oregonlive, 17 July 2021 Use diluted neem oil or the powdered version against spider mites. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 21 May 2021 Beneath a young neem tree, Joefred and Ralfred Gregory are buried in two coffins but one grave. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Outside a temple guesthouse, under the shade of a neem tree, the team checked the temperature and oxygen level of the villagers who gathered. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The Hindu new year, which will overlap with Ramadan, calls for using bitter parts of the neem tree in food dishes, offering a symbolic reminder that life has its bittersweet ups and downs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 If that’s has too much work, treat an insecticidal soap or neem oil. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 11 Feb. 2021 The bar contains oatmeal, coconut oil, neem oil and karanja oil to resolve itchiness without weighing down your hair. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, 26 Oct. 2020 Money tree plants can also attract pests like aphids and mealy bugs, but not to worry—Epic Gardening suggests applying neem oil to the soil to repel any pests, and removing aphids with water. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of neem

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neem

Hindi & Urdu nīm, from Sanskrit nimba

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“Neem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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