Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name in northern Mexico of Erythrina coralloides, a small thorny trifoliate tree belonging to the Fabaceæ, the hard scarlet seeds of which were formerly strung into necklaces by the Indians. They are ground to a powder and are used medicinally in some parts of Mexico, both as an external application for headache and internally as an emetic. Like other bright-colored seeds used for beads they are also called
“The many odd-shaped cacti form a strong contrast to the light and pinnate leaves of the numerous leguminous shrubs, acacia, sophronia, etc. The chilicote, or coral-tree (_erythræa_), with scarlet flowers, is seen everywhere; also palo blanco, with a white stem, looking like an apple-tree.”
“But the giants were fierce, and ravished the women while the latter were under the influence of the Moon; therefore the Tarahumares got very angry and they mixed a decoction made from the chilicote-tree with the corn that they gave the giants to eat, and the giants died.”
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