a tropical American tree (Hippomane mancinella
) of the spurge
family, with a milky, irritant juice
and plumlike, poisonous fruit
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Word origin of 'manchineel'Fr mancenille < Sp manzanilla, dim. of manzana, apple < L matianum (pomum), (apple), of Matius, Roman author of a cookery manual