Job's tears

plural noun

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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ancient recipe for beer included broomcorn millet, barley, Job's tears (a type of grain-bearing plant native to south-east Asia), and tubers. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 23 May 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Job's tears was in 1597

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“Job's tears.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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