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Job's-tears

[johbz-teerz] /ˈdʒoʊbzˈtɪərz/
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) the hard, nearly spherical bracts that surround the female flowers of an Asian grass, Coix lacryma-jobi, and which when ripe are used as beads.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the grass itself.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600
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British Dictionary definitions for jobs tears

Job's-tears

noun
1.
(functioning as sing) a tropical Asian grass, Coix lacryma-jobi, cultivated for its white beadlike modified leaves, which contain edible seeds
2.
(functioning as pl) the beadlike structures of this plant, used as rosary or ornamental beads
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