jequirity

[ juh-kwir-i-tee ]
/ dʒəˈkwɪr ɪ ti /

noun, plural je·quir·i·ties.

the rosary pea, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family.
Also called jequirity beans . the poisonous scarlet seeds of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of jequirity

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

Words nearby jequirity

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for jequirity

jequirity

jequerity

/ (dʒɪˈkwɪrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

other names for Indian liquorice
the seed of the Indian liquorice

Word Origin for jequirity

C19: from Portuguese jequirití, from Tupi-Guarani jekirití
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012