manchineel [man-chuh-neel] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a tropical American tree or shrub, Hippomane mancinella, of the spurge family, having a milky, highly caustic, poisonous sap.

Origin of manchineel 1620–30; earlier mancinell, mançanilla French mancenille and its source, Spanish manzanilla, diminutive of manzana apple, Old Spanish mazana Latin (māla) Matiāna (apples) of Matius Roman author of a cooking manual (1st century b.c.) Examples from the Web for manchineel Historical Examples of manchineel

  • There is nothing for her to do but to die under the manchineel tree.

    The Complete Opera Book

    Gustav Kobb

  • The poison in this case is supposed to have been the Manchineel (Hippomane).

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Well, then, how does Selika commit suicide in the Africaine by lying down in the shade of a manchineel?


    Armando Palacio Valds

  • Nelusko seeks her, finds her dead, and himself seeks death beside her under the fatal branches of the manchineel.

    The Complete Opera Book

    Gustav Kobb

  • Those are manchineel apples; with their milky juice the old Caribs were wont to poison the barbs of their parrot-feathered arrows.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

    Lafcadio Hearn

  • British Dictionary definitions for manchineel manchineel noun

    1. a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hippomane mancinella, having fruit and milky highly caustic poisonous sap, which causes skin blisters

    Word Origin for manchineel C17: via French from Spanish manzanilla

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