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(dʒɪˈkwɪrɪtɪ) or


n, pl -ties
1. (Plants) other names for Indian liquorice
2. (Plants) the seed of the Indian liquorice
[C19: from Portuguese jequirití, from Tupi-Guarani jekirití]


(dʒəˈkwɪr ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the Indian licorice, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family.
2. Also called jequir′ity bean`. the poisonous scarlet seed of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries.
[1880–85; < Portuguesejequirití < Tupi-Guaranijekirití]
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Hutchkinson is no fan of Catholics and proposes a way to dispense of them by using rosaries made of the seeds of Abrus precatorius, the rosary seed plant.
This is in consonance with that of an earlier report on certain under-utilized legumes such as Abrus precatorius, Mucuna pruriens var.
Abrin and agglutinin, lectins from the seeds of Abrus precatorius are type II ribosome-inactivating proteins that inhibit protein synthesis in eukaryotic cells.
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The compounds come from the weedy vine Abrus precatorius, commonly known as the rosary pea, which grows in tropical regions worldwide.
Extracted from the rosary pea-a weedy vine, Abrus precatorius, native to Florida-these saponins are 30 to 100 times sweeter than sucrose.
It has been reported that Abrus abrin, isolated from the seeds of Abrus precatorius, showed in vitro and in vivo antitumor properties by the induction of apoptosis.