variants or less commonly adlai
plural -s
: any of several soft-shelled Job's tears (especially Coix lachryma-Jobi mayuen) cultivated for food and for forage and fodder especially in southeastern Asia, Japan, and the Philippines

Word History



First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adlay was in 1903

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“Adlay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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