bonduc

bonduc

[bon-duhk]
noun
a semitropical tree, Caesalpinia bonducella, of the legume family, the decorative seeds of which are used for jewelry and rosaries.

Origin:
probably earlier than 1940–45; < French < Arabic bunduq hazelnut ≪ Greek Pontikòn (káryon) hazelnut, literally, Pontic nut

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bonduc

noun
1. handsome tree of central and eastern North America having large bipinnate leaves and green-white flowers followed by large woody brown pods whose seeds are used as a coffee substitute [syn: Kentucky coffee tree
2. tropical tree with large prickly pods of seeds that resemble beans and are used for jewelry and rosaries 
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