Mexican jumping bean


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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.Mexican jumping bean - seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumbleMexican jumping 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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