grain of paradise

Definition of grain of paradise

  1. 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. 2 :  one of the dried fruits of an East Indian woody vine (Anamirta cocculus) —usually used in plural

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Origin and Etymology of grain of paradise

Middle English, translation of Middle French graine de paradis


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