rosary pea


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rosary pea

n.
A tropical woody vine (Abrus precatorius) widely naturalized in Florida, having small hard poisonous seeds that are scarlet with a black spot and are used as beads. Also called jequirity bean.

In′dian lic′orice


n.
a woody tropical vine, Abrus precatorius, legume family, having seeds used for beads and a root used as a licorice substitute. Also called rosary pea.
[1885–90]
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