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jump·ing bean

(jŭm′pĭng)
n.
A seed of certain Mexican plants, especially of the genus Sebastiania, containing the larva of a tortricid moth whose movements cause the seed to jerk or roll.

jumping bean

n
(Zoology) a seed of any of several Mexican euphorbiaceous plants, esp species of Sebastiania, that contains a moth caterpillar whose movements cause it to jerk about

jump′ing bean`


n.
the seed of any of certain Mexican plants of the genera Sebastiania and Sapium, of the spurge family: the movements of a moth larva inside the seed cause it to move about or jump.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.jumping bean - seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumblejumping bean - seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble
genus Sebastiana, Sebastiana - Mexican spurges
seed - a small hard fruit
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This was certainly the opposite of bland, and it had my taste buds dancing like Mexican jumping beans. Luckily for me the hot pizza was served with a delicious cooling green salad.
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Dawn asid: "I think viewers enjoy the fact that Geraldine is a sort of everywoman and, in this particular sketch, they'll enjoy the craziness of the parishioners" JUMPING BEANS ROWAN WANW ATA KINSON'S beloved character Mr Bean returns to Red Nose Day for the rst time in eight years.
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