ordeal bean

ordeal bean

noun

Origin:
1880–85; so called because it was allegedly administered as a test to persons suspected of witchcraft

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ordeal bean

noun
dark brown highly poisonous seed of the calabar-bean vine; source of physostigmine and used in native witchcraft [syn: calabar bean
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