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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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