no·​ni ˈnō-(ˌ)nē How to pronounce noni (audio)
plural noni or nonis
: an evergreen shrub or small tree (Morinda citrifolia) of the madder family that is native from southeastern Asia to Australia but is now widely distributed and cultivated in other warm regions and that has glossy green leaves, white tubular flowers, and a yellowish-white, many-seeded, oval fruit with an unpleasant, cheesy smell when ripe

called also Indian mulberry

Note: The roots, bark, leaves, and fruit of the noni have been used in folk and herbal medicine.

: the fruit of the noni
also : a juice or dietary supplement prepared from the fruit

Examples of noni in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Spa Those that prefer not to be in the water all day will enjoy the Bamford Wellness Spa, which in this location incorporates native Hawaiian medicinal plants such as comfrey and noni into some of its treatment rituals, facials, and massages. Melinda Fulmer, Robb Report, 30 June 2023 The ingredients include spirulina, kukui nut oil, macadamia nut oil, noni, and plumeria — all of which are sourced from Hawaii to support local agriculture. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2023 The founder of the beauty line Kora Organics, Kerr recently launched a superfoods supplement powder that contains of-the-moment matcha and noni, an antioxidant super-fruit found mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, 22 Aug. 2017 The KORA Organics Noni Glow Face Oil, with its blend of rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, and the extract of a tropical fruit called noni, will do the same. Jodie Layne, Allure, 4 June 2017

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Word History


Hawaiian & Marquesan

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of noni was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Noni.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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