rosary pea

noun

Definition of rosary pea

1 : a tropical twining herb (Abrus precatorius) of the legume family that bears jequirity beans and has a root used as a substitute for licorice

called also Indian licorice, jequirity bean

First Known Use of rosary pea

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rosary pea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rosary%20pea. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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rosary pea

noun

Medical Definition of rosary pea

1 : a tropical leguminous twining herb of the genus Abrus (A. precatorius) that bears jequirity beans and has a root used as a substitute for licorice

called also jequirity bean

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