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.




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.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pride-of-india

prickmadam
prickpunch
prickpunches
pricks
prickshaft
prickshafts
pricksong
pricksongs
prickteaser
prickteasers
prickwood
prickwoods
pricky
pricy
pride-of-India
pride comes before a fall
pride cometh before a fall
pride goes before a fall
pride goeth before a fall
pride of Bolivia
pride of California
pride of barbados
pride of place
pride oneself
pride wenteth before a fall
prided
prideful
pridefully
pridefulness

Literary usage of Pride-of-india

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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 ..."

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