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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jump′ing bean`(n.)

  1. the seed of any of certain Mexican plants of the genera Sebastiania and Sapium, of the spurge family: the movements of a moth larva inside the seed cause it to move about or jump.

    Category: Plants

Origin of jumping bean:

1885–90

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jumping bean, jumping seed, Mexican jumping bean(noun)

    seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble

Wiktionary

  1. jumping bean(Noun)

    A Mexican jumping bean.

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