nSchinusgenus of evergreen shrubs and trees of tropical and subtropical regions of South and Central America and Canary Islands and China
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nschinusA genus of polypetalous trees, of the order Anacardiaceæ and tribe Anacardieæ. It is characterized by diœcious flowers with unaltered calyx, five imbricated petals, ten stamens, three styles, and a one-celled ovary with a single ovule pendulous from near the summit of the cell, and becoming in fruit a globose wingless drupe resembling a pea, containing a leathery or bony stone penetrated by oil-tubes. There are about 13 species, natives of warmer parts of South America and Australia. They are trees or shrubs with alternate and odd-pinnate leaves, and small white flowers in axillary and terminal bracted panicles. For S. Molle, see peppertree, 1; and for S. terebinthifolius, see aroeira.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
nSchinusskī′nus a genus of South American trees, of order Anacardiaceæ, the leaves yielding abundantly a fragrant, resinous, or turpentine-like fluid.