from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A seed, as of certain Mexican plants of the genera Sebastiana and Sapium, containing the larva of the moth Laspeyresia saltitans, whose movements cause the seed to jerk or roll.
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- n. A Mexican jumping bean.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a seed of a Mexican Euphorbia, containing the larva of a moth (Carpocapsa saltitans). The larva by its sudden movements causes the seed to roll to roll and jump about.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as jumping-seed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble
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