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jequirity

[juh-kwir-i-tee] /dʒəˈkwɪr ɪ ti/
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
1880-1885
1880-85; < Portuguese jequirití < Tupi-Guarani jekirití
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jequirity

/dʒɪˈkwɪrɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
other names for Indian liquorice
2.
the seed of the Indian liquorice
Word Origin
C19: from Portuguese jequirití, from Tupi-Guarani jekirití
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