Guinea grains


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guinea grains

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(Plants) another name for grains of paradise
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Noun1.guinea grains - West African plant bearing pungent peppery seedsGuinea grains - West African plant bearing pungent peppery seeds
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Aframomum, genus Aframomum - an African genus of plants of the family Zingiberaceae
References in classic literature ?
Salvador, which was our port; and that, in my discourses among them, I had frequently given them an account of my two voyages to the coast of Guinea: the manner of trading with the negroes there, and how easy it was to purchase upon the coast for trifles - such as beads, toys, knives, scissors, hatchets, bits of glass, and the like - not only gold-dust, Guinea grains, elephants' teeth, &c., but negroes, for the service of the Brazils, in great numbers.
One of these is tapairis which had been taken to be some kind of medicinal substance but in effect is not a word at all, since it arose from an incorrect division of two other words literally meaning 'grains of paradise', the term for Guinea grains.