from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A small genus of leguminous plants.
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Her majesty -- fat, fair, and forty-five -- was sitting, plainly garbed in mbugu, upon a carpet spread upon the ground within a curtain of mbugu, her elbow resting on a pillow of the same bark material; the only ornaments on her person being an abrus necklace, and a piece of mbugu tied round her head, whilst a folding looking-glass, much the worse for wear, stood open by her side.
In the courtyard fronting them, were hundreds of men and women dressed in smart mbugus -- the males wearing for turbans, strings of abrus-seeds wound round their heads, with polished boars 'tusks stuck in in a jaunty manner.
(abrus) is likewise used in the country as a cement.
Various seeds are used as gold weights, but more especially these two: the one called rakat or saga-timbangan (Glycine abrus L. or Abrus maculatus of the Batavian