Definition of China tree

1. Noun. Evergreen of tropical America having pulpy fruit containing saponin which was used as soap by Native Americans.

Exact synonyms: Chinaberry, False Dogwood, Jaboncillo, Sapindus Saponaria
Generic synonyms: Soapberry, Soapberry Tree
Group relationships: Genus Sapindus, Sapindus

2. Noun. Tree of northern India and China having purple blossoms and small inedible yellow fruits; naturalized in the southern United States as a shade tree.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of China Tree

Chimonanthus praecox
China's Sorrow
China aster
China fleece vine
China jute
China rose
China syndrome
China syndromes
China tree (current term)
Chinaman's chance
Chinaman on one's back
Chinamen's chances
Chinchilla laniger

Literary usage of China tree

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1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1881)
"This immunity enjoyed by the China tree from the attacks of insects, is not perfect, however, as we have recently received from Alabama some twigs and ..."

2. The Poets of America edited by John Keese (1840)
"THE China tree. BY RH BIRD. THOUGH the blossoms be ripe on the China tree, Though the flower of the orange be fair to see,— And the ..."

3. Henderson's Handbook of Plants and General Horticulture \ by Peter Henderson (1910)
"This variety of the favorite China tree will commend itself to our readers in the Southern States, as it has naturally the compact ..."

4. The Young Lady's Book of Elegant Poetry: Comprising Selections from the by Author of The young man's own book (1836)
"... Which eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard,— THEN will that phantom of darkness be Gladness and Promise and Bliss to thee. THE China tree. WHITTIER. ..."

5. DeBow's Review ...: Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial Progress & Resources by James Dunwoody Brownson De Bow, R. G. Barnwell, Edwin Q. Bell, William MacCreary Burwell (1855)
"The perpetually recurring Pride of China tree, beautiful though it be, ... Suppose that, instead of the China tree, your streets and pleasant ..."

6. Select Poems of Coleridge, Wordsworth, Campbell, Longfellow by Frederick Henry Sykes, Campbell, Thomas, 1777-1844, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834, William Wordsworth, Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882, Thomas Campbell, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sykes, Frederick Henry, 1863-1917 (1895)
"There is a variety known as the Umbrella China-tree from its shape, ... Only an adventitious China-tree here and there had been stripped of its golden ..."

7. Biltmore Nursery, Biltmore, N.C. (1907)
"Melia - The China tree Extensively cultivated in the South and, indeed, ... A distinct form of the China tree with a dense, spreading, umbrella-like head. ..."

8. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1835)
"THOUGH tlie blossoms be ripe on the China-tree, Though the flower of the ... The brows of the bravé, and the necks of the fond, China-tree ! though thy ..."

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