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1. (functioning as singular) a tropical Asian grass, Coix lacryma-jobi, cultivated for its white beadlike modified leaves, which contain edible seeds
2. (Plants) (functioning as plural) the beadlike structures of this plant, used as rosary or ornamental beads
1. (used with a pl. v.) the hard, spherical bracts that surround the female flowers of an Asian grass, Coix lacryma-jobi, used as beads.
2. (used with a sing. v.) the grass itself.