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bonduc

[bon-duhk]
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  1. a semitropical tree, Caesalpinia bonducella, of the legume family, the decorative seeds of which are used for jewelry and rosaries.
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Origin of bonduc

probably earlier than 1940–45; < French < Arabic bunduq hazelnut ≪ Greek Pontikòn (káryon) hazelnut, literally, Pontic nut
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  • I had intended to have asked you whether the Mimosa scandens and Guilandina bonduc grows at Kew, to try fresh seeds.

    The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)

    Charles Darwin