A large tree of the genus Melia
) found in India. Its bark is bitter, and used as a tonic. A valuable oil is expressed from its seeds, and a tenacious gum exudes from its trunk. The Melia Azedarach
is a much more showy tree, and is cultivated in the Southern United States, where it is known as Pride of India
, Pride of China
, or bead tree
. Various parts of the tree are considered anthelmintic. [1913 Webster
"The margosa oil . . . is a most valuable balsam for wounds, having a peculiar smell which prevents the attacks of flies."