jequirity

jequirity

[juh-kwir-i-tee]
noun, plural jequirities.
1.
the rosary pea, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family.
2.
Also called jequirity beans. the poisonous scarlet seeds of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries.

Origin:
1880–85; < Portuguese jequirití < Tupi-Guarani jekirití

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jequirity or jequerity (dʒɪˈkwɪrɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  other names for Indian liquorice
2.  the seed of the Indian liquorice
 
[C19: from Portuguese jequirití, from Tupi-Guarani jekirití]
 
jequerity or jequerity
 
n
 
[C19: from Portuguese jequirití, from Tupi-Guarani jekirití]

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