grain of paradise

Definition of grain of paradise

1 : one of the pungent seeds of a West African plant (Aframomum melegueta) of the family Zingiberaceae used as a spice usually used in plural
2 : one of the dried fruits of an East Indian woody vine (Anamirta cocculus) usually used in plural

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History and Etymology for grain of paradise

Middle English, translation of Middle French graine de paradis

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“Grain of paradise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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