Job's tears

plural noun

Definition of Job's tears

1 : hard usually pearly white seeds of a tropical southeast Asian grass (Coix lacryma-jobi) often used as beads
2 singular in construction : the grass producing Job's tears

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First Known Use of Job's tears

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Job's tears.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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