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grain of paradise

noun
  1. Usually grains of paradise. one of the pungent, peppery seeds of an African plant, Aframomum melegueta, of the ginger family, used to strengthen cordials and in veterinary medicine.
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Origin of grain of paradise

First recorded in 1490–1500
Also called guinea grain, Guinea pepper.
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British Dictionary definitions for grains of paradise

grains of paradise

pl n
  1. the peppery seeds of either of two African zingiberaceous plants, Aframomum melegueta or A. granum-paradisi, used as stimulants, diuretics, etcAlso called: guinea grains
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