abrus precatorius


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 jumble bead.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Licorice \Lic"o*rice\ (l[i^]k"[-o]*r[i^]s), n. [OE. licoris,
   through old French, fr. L. liquiritia, corrupted fr.
   glycyrrhiza, Gr. glyky`rriza; glyky`s sweet + "ri`za root.
   Cf. Glycerin, Glycyrrhiza, Wort.] [Written also
   liquorice.]
   1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza ({Glycyrrhiza
      glabra}), the root of which abounds with a sweet juice,
      and is much used in demulcent compositions.
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   2. The inspissated juice of licorice root, used as a
      confection and for medicinal purposes.
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   Licorice fern (Bot.), a name of several kinds of polypody
      which have rootstocks of a sweetish flavor.

   Licorice sugar. (Chem.) See Glycyrrhizin.

   Licorice weed (Bot.), the tropical plant Scapania dulcis.
      

   Mountain licorice (Bot.), a kind of clover ({Trifolium
      alpinum}), found in the Alps. It has large purplish
      flowers and a sweetish perennial rootstock.

   Wild licorice. (Bot.)
      (a) The North American perennial herb {Glycyrrhiza
          lepidota}.
      (b) Certain broad-leaved cleavers (Galium circ[ae]zans
          and Galium lanceolatum).
      (c) The leguminous climber Abrus precatorius, whose
          scarlet and black seeds are called {black-eyed
          Susans}. Its roots are used as a substitute for those
          of true licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vetch \Vetch\ (v[e^]ch), n. [Also fitch; OE. ficche, feche, for
   veche, OF. veche, vecce, vesche, vesce, F. vesce, fr. L.
   vicia.] (Bot.)
   Any leguminous plant of the genus Vicia, some species of
   which are valuable for fodder. The common species is {Vicia
   sativa}.
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   Note: The name is also applied to many other leguminous
         plants of different genera; as the chichling vetch, of
         the genus Lathyrus; the horse vetch, of the genus
         Hippocrepis; the kidney vetch ({Anthyllis
         vulneraria}); the milk vetch, of the genus
         Astragalus; the licorice vetch, or wild licorice
         (Abrus precatorius).
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