A genus of leguminous plants. The root of A. precatorius, Indian liquorice, is sometimes used as a substitute for liquorice; the seeds are toxic and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and death if chewed. [more correctly Habrus, from G. habros, graceful]

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Abrus 'ā-brəs, 'ä- n a genus of leguminous tropical vines having purplish flowers and flat pods see ROSARY PEA (1)

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(aґbrəs) a genus of trees of the family Leguminosae, found in warm regions. A. precatoґrius L. is found in tropical and subtropical Asia and the Americas; its seed (called jequirity bean, rosary pea, or crab's eye) is used for rosary beads and jewelry but contains the toxalbumin abrin (q.v.).

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  • Abrus — (A. L.), Pflanzengattung aus der natürl. Familie Leguminosae Papilionaceae Phaseoleae, Diadelphie Decandrie L.; Art: A. precatorius aus Südasien u. dem heißen Afrika, jetzt in allen Tropengegenden angepflanzt u. verwildert, mit blaßrothen, ins… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Abrus — L. (Paternostererbse), Gattung der Leguminosen, oft schlingende Sträucher und Halbsträucher mit paarig gefiederten, mit einer Borste endenden Blättern, end oder achselständigen Trauben und meist flacher Hülfe. 6 Arten in den Tropen. A.… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Abrus — ID 119 Symbol Key ABRUS Common Name abrus Family Fabaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity N/A US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, FL, GA, HI, PR, VI Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • abrus — ˈābrəs, ˈä noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, irregular from Greek habros graceful, delicate more at habro : a genus of tropical vines (family Fabaceae) having pinnate leaves, purplish flowers with a 4 lobed calyx, and flat pods see… …   Useful english dictionary

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