/dʒəˈkwɪrəti/ (say juh'kwiruhtee)

noun (plural jequirities)
1. a leguminous climbing plant, Abrus precatorius, native to tropical Asia and naturalised elsewhere, with a poisonous scarlet seed jequirity bean, and a root used as a substitute for licorice; Indian licorice.
2. the seeds collectively.
{French jéquirity, from Tupi-Guaraní jekiritī}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • jequirity — [ji kwir′ə tē] n. pl. jequirities [Fr Jéquirity < Tupí Guaraní] 1. any of the poisonous, red and black seeds of a tropical, climbing plant (Abrus precatorius) of the pea family, used for beads and, formerly, as a weight: also jequirity bean 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Jequirity — Je*quir i*ty, n., or Jequirity bean Je*quir i*ty bean [Prob. fr. a native name.] (Bot.) The seed of the wild licorice ({Abrus precatorius}) used by the people of India for beads in rosaries and necklaces, as a standard weight, etc.; called also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jequirity — (Semen Jequirity), s. Abrus …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • jequirity — vaistinis abras statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Abrus precatorius), paplitęs atogrąžose, naudojamas papuošalams gaminti. atitikmenys: lot. Abrus precatorius angl. coral beadplant; crab s eye;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • jequirity — /jeuh kwir i tee/, n., pl. jequirities. 1. the Indian licorice, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family. 2. Also called jequirity beans. the poisonous scarlet seeds of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries. [1880 85; < Pg jequirití < …   Universalium

  • jequirity — noun Abrus precatorius, a legume native to Indonesia with long, pinnate leafleted leaves, whose toxic seeds ( jequirity bean ) may be used as beads or in percussion instruments …   Wiktionary

  • jequirity — jə̇ˈkwirəd.ē noun or jequirity bean ( es) Etymology: Portuguese jequiriti, jequirití, perhaps of Indic origin; akin to Hindi rattī ratti more at ruttee 1. : the scarlet and black seed of Indian licorice used in India and other …   Useful english dictionary

  • jequirity — je·quir·i·ty …   English syllables

  • jequirity — je•quir•i•ty [[t]dʒəˈkwɪr ɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) pln the Indian licorice, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family 2) pln Also called jequir′ity bean . the poisonous scarlet seed of this plant, used for making necklaces and rosaries • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

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