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Abrus

Pronunciation: ā′brŭs

Definition: A genus of leguminous plants. The root of Abrus precatorius, Indian liquorice, is sometimes used as a substitute for liquorice; the seeds are toxic and chewing may cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and death.

[more correctly Habrus, from G. habros, graceful]

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