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grains of paradise

the pungent, peppery seeds of an African plant, Aframomum melegueta, of the ginger family, used to strengthen cordials and in veterinary medicine.
Also called guinea grains, Guinea pepper.
Origin of grains of paradise
1490-1500 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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grains of paradise

plural noun
the peppery seeds of either of two African zingiberaceous plants, Aframomum melegueta or A. granum-paradisi, used as stimulants, diuretics, etc Also called guinea grains
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