MANCHINEE'L, n. [L. mancanilla.] A tree of the genus Hippomane, growing in the West Indies to the size of a large oak. It abounds in an acrid, milky juice of a poisonous quality. It bears a fruit of the size of a pippin, which, when eaten, causes inflammation in the mouth and throat, pains in the stomach, &c. The wood is valuable for cabinet work.
MANCH-I-NEEL, n. [L. mancanilla.]
A small tree of the West Indies, the Hippomane Mancinella, whose juice, and sometimes even exhalations, are capable of producing upon some persons, an erythematic inflammation of the skin exactly similar to that produced by the climbing and swamp sumach of the United States, while upon other persons it is inoperative. Its inspissated juice is used in medicine as a substitute for the resin of Guaiacum or lignum-vitae. The wood is valuable for cabinet work. Encyc.
- A euphorbiaceous tree (Hippomane
Mancinella) of tropical America, having a poisonous and
blistering milky juice, and poisonous acrid fruit somewhat resembling