jequirity bean


je·quir·i·ty bean

noun \jə-ˈkwir-ə-tē-\

Definition of JEQUIRITY BEAN

1
:  the poisonous scarlet and black seed of the rosary pea often used for beads
2
:  rosary pea 1

Origin of JEQUIRITY BEAN

French jékwirity, from Portuguese jequiriti, juqueriti, probably of Tupi-Guarani origin; akin to Tupi juk i̵ rosary pea
First Known Use: circa 1889

je·quir·i·ty bean

noun \jə-ˈkwir-ət-ē-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of JEQUIRITY BEAN

1
: the poisonous scarlet and black seed of the rosary pea often used for beads

jequirity bean

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tropical plant (Abrus precatorius; family Fabaceae). Its hard red and black seeds, though highly poisonous, are strung into necklaces and rosaries in India and other tropical areas. In India the seeds are also used as a unit of weight (ratti).

Variants of JEQUIRITY BEAN

jequirity bean or rosary pea or Indian licorice

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