je·​quir·​i·​ty | \ jə̇ˈkwirətē \
variants: or jequirity bean
plural -es

Definition of jequirity

1 : the scarlet and black seed of Indian licorice used in India and other tropical regions for beads in rosaries and necklaces and as a standard weight
2 : indian licorice

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First Known Use of jequirity

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jequirity

Portuguese jequiriti, jequirití, perhaps of Indic origin; akin to Hindi rattī ratti

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“Jequirity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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