jequirity

[juh-kwir-i-tee]
noun, plural je·quir·i·ties.
  1. the rosary pea, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family.
  2. Also called jequirity beans. the poisonous scarlet seeds of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries.

Origin of jequirity

1880–85; < Portuguese jequirití < Tupi-Guarani jekirití
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British Dictionary definitions for jequirity

jequirity

jequerity

noun plural -ties
  1. other names for Indian liquorice
  2. the seed of the Indian liquorice

Word Origin for jequirity

C19: from Portuguese jequirití, from Tupi-Guarani jekirití
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