no·​ni | \ ˈnō-(ˌ)nē How to pronounce noni (audio) \
plural noni or nonis

Definition of noni

1 : 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.

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

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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, "Why Miranda Kerr Tucks a Crystal Into Her Bra," 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, "The Best Beauty Product for Your Zodiac Sign This Week," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of noni

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noni

Hawaiian & Marquesan

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The first known use of noni was in 1782

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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