- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (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 flying pieces of glass injected the poison as by a myriad of hypodermic needles -- the highly poisonous toxin of abrin, product of the jequirity, which is ordinarily destroyed in the stomach but acts powerfully if injected into the blood.”
“And the inflammation on her hand was not from a shard of broken glass, as she had imagined, but from the sliver of a jequirity seed containing abrin—from America.”
“It was not a shard of glass; it was a splinter from a jequirity seed containing abrin—from America.”
“Connstein, Hoyer and Wartenburg's work with castor seeds, have made similar experiments with jequirity seeds (_Abrus peccatorius_) containing the enzyme abrin, emulsin from crushed almonds, the leaves of”
“Did the same explanation shed any light on the mystery of the nautch - girl and the jequirity bean sent to Shirley?”
“Kennedy continued looking at the remainder of the jequirity beans and a liquid he had developed from some of them.”
“Had it been the same person who had sent the single jequirity bean?”
“Late though it was, in the laboratory Kennedy set to work examining the dust which he had swept up by the vacuum cleaner, as well as the jequirity beans he had taken from Mrs. Anthony's jewel-case.”
“You remember," she cried, breathlessly, "you said that a jequirity bean was sent to Captain Shirley?”
“Shirley died of jequirity poisoning, or rather of the alkaloid in the bean.”
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