Definition of abrin
: a toxic protein obtained from jequirity
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Origin and Etymology of abrin
abr- (from New Latin Abrus, genus name of Abrus precatorius rosary pea, borrowed from Arabic abrūz, afrūz “rosary pea,” earlier, a name for Amaranthus tricolor) + 1-in
First Known Use: 1884
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