Origin of bead tree
First recorded in 1660–70; so called from its bright scarlet seeds, used for necklaces
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Examples from the Web for bead tree
Crab's′-eyes, the scarlet seeds of an East Indian bead-tree: a concretion of carbonate of lime in the stomach of the cray-fish.