jobstears

Job's-tears

[johbz-teerz]
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

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Job's-tears
 
n
1.  (functioning as singular) a tropical Asian grass, Coix lacryma-jobi, cultivated for its white beadlike modified leaves, which contain edible seeds
2.  (functioning as plural) the beadlike structures of this plant, used as rosary or ornamental beads

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