jack-in-a-box

noun
plural jacks-in-a-box

Definition of jack-in-a-box

1 : a tropical East Indian tree (Hernandia sonora) which bears a drupe that rattles in the inflated calyx when dry
2 British : cuckoopint

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“Jack-in-a-box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack-in-a-box. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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