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jequirity

[ juh-kwir-i-tee ]

noun

, plural je·quir·i·ties.
  1. the rosary pea, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family.
  2. Also called jequirity beans. the poisonous scarlet seeds of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries.


jequirity

/ dʒɪˈkwɪrɪtɪ /

noun

  1. other names for Indian liquorice
  2. the seed of the Indian liquorice


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Word History and Origins

Origin of jequirity1

1880–85; < Portuguese jequirití < Tupi-Guarani jekirití

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Word History and Origins

Origin of jequirity1

C19: from Portuguese jequirití, from Tupi-Guarani jekirití

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