Definitions for jequiritydʒəˈkwɪr ɪ ti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
je•quir•i•tydʒəˈkwɪr ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
the Indian licorice, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family.
Also called jequir′ity bean`. the poisonous scarlet seed of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries.
Origin of jequirity:
1880–85; < Pgjequirití < Tupi-Guaranijekirití
Abrus precatorius, a legume native to Indonesia with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves, whose toxic seeds ("jequirity bean") may be used as beads or in percussion instruments.
Abrus precatorius, known commonly as jequirity, Crab's eye, rosary pea, precatory pea or bean, John Crow Bead, Indian licorice, Akar Saga, gidee gidee or Jumbie bead in Trinidad & Tobago, is a slender, perennial climber that twines around trees, shrubs, and hedges. It is a legume with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves. The plant is best known for its seeds, which are used as beads and in percussion instruments, and which are toxic due to the presence of abrin. The plant is native to Indonesia and grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world where it has been introduced. It has a tendency to become weedy and invasive where it has been introduced.
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