Definition of neem in English:

neem

noun

  • A tropical Old World tree, that yields timber resembling mahogany, oil, medicinal products, and insecticide.

    Also called margosa

    Azadirachta indica, family Meliaceae

    ‘For instance, in the International Airport area, trees such as neem, tamarind, casuarina and ficus, which absorb sound extremely well, are recommended.’
    • ‘You may find some help from a product containing neem, malathion or dormant oil.’
    • ‘On one side was the semul tree, the branches of the chameli adorned the verandah, the kachnar and mango trees in front, an all-season lemon tree and of course, the neem.’
    • ‘For oily skin, seek extra antibacterial protection with soaps containing neem, tea tree or other naturally purifying oils.’
    • ‘Set in Southern India in 1995, the book follows four characters whose lives are all linked through the neem - India's ‘miracle tree’.’

Pronunciation

neem

/nēm/ /nim/

Origin

Early 19th century via Hindi from Sanskrit nimba.