jumping bean


Definition of jumping bean

: a seed of any of several Mexican shrubs (genera Sebastiania and Sapium) of the spurge family that tumbles about because of the movements of the larva of a small tortricid moth (Cydia saltitans synonym C. deshaisiana) inside it

Examples of jumping bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Shakespeare Studio, teacher Jo Gray lobs imaginary jumping beans into the mouths of children from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2018 Australia's Alison Wonderland will be a jumping bean behind the decks. Kat Bein, Billboard, 28 Feb. 2018 Still, the patients’ stories wriggled like jumping beans in my brain. Julie Rehmeyer, Slate Magazine, 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of jumping bean

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jumping bean was circa 1889

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“Jumping bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping%20bean. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jumping bean

: a seed that moves when a small insect moves inside it


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