\ ˈābrən, ˈa-, -(ˌ)brin; āˈbrin, aˈb- \
plural -s

Definition of abrin

: a toxic protein obtained from jequirity

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First Known Use of abrin

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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) + -in entry 1

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“Abrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abrin. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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