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rosary pea

noun
1.
a woody tropical vine, Abrus precatorius , of the legume family, having extremely poisonous scarlet and black seeds that are used for beads and a root used as a substitute for licorice.
Also called crab's eye, Indian licorice.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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  • The volunteers also removed invasive rosary pea and cleared limbs from roads after several late-summer hurricanes.

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