co·​ix | \ ˈkōə̇ks \

Definition of coix

1 capitalized : a small genus of coarse Asian monoecious grasses having the pistillate flowers and seeds enclosed in a shining capsulelike involucre
2 plural -es : any plant of the genus Coix especially : job's-tears

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History and Etymology for coix

New Latin, from Greek koïx doom palm

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“Coix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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