Definition of Pride-of-India
1. 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.
Group relationships: Genus Melia, Melia
Generic synonyms: Tree
2. Noun. Native to Asia, Australia, and East Indies, where it provides timber called pyinma; used elsewhere as an ornamental for its large showy flowers.
Group relationships: Genus Lagerstroemia, Lagerstroemia
Generic synonyms: Angiospermous Tree, Flowering Tree
Lexicographical Neighbors of Pride-of-India
Literary usage of Pride-of-India
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The North American Sylva, Or, A Description of the Forest Trees, of the by François André Michaux, Augustus Lucas Hillhouse (1819)
"The Pride of India rises to the height of 3o or<> feet, with a diameter of 15 or 20 inches ; but, when standing alone, it usually rests at a smaller ..."
2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"See FAIRFAX, CROMWELL, and CHARLES I. PRIDE OF INDIA, PRIDE OF CHINA, a tree (Melia azedarach), of the mahogany family, a native of Lebanon, Syria, ..."
3. Travels Through Canada, and the United States of North America, in the Years by John Lambert (1814)
"... Tree—Pernicious Effects of the Pride of India—Turkey Buzzards—Dead Horses— The Golgotha—Negligence of the Municipality —Public Buildings—The Orphan ..."