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Definition: bead tree
n : small tree of West Indies and northeastern Venezuela having
large oblong slender-pointed leaflets and panicles of
purple flowers; seeds are black or scarlet with black
spots [syn: jumby bean
, jumby tree
, Ormosia monosperma
English → English
Definition: Bead tree
, azederach \azederach\
, n. [F.
az['e]darac, Sp. acederaque, Pers. [=a]z[=a]ddirakht noble
1. (Bot.) a handsome tree (Melia azedarach
) of the mahogany
family, native to Northern India and China, having long
clusters of fragrant purple blossoms and small ornamental
but inedible yellow fruits. It has been naturalized as a
shade tree and is common in the southern United States; --
called also, chinaberry
, China tree
, Pride of India
Pride of China
, and Bead tree
Syn: chinaberry, chinaberry tree, China tree, Persian lilac,
pride-of-India, azedarach, Melia azederach, Melia
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
2. (Med.) The bark of the roots of the azedarach, used as a
cathartic and emetic.
(b[=e]d), n. [OE. bede prayer, prayer bead, AS. bed,
gebed, prayer; akin to D. bede, G. bitte, AS. biddan, to ask,
bid, G. bitten to ask, and perh. to Gr. pei`qein to persuade,
L. fidere to trust. Beads are used by the Roman Catholics to
count their prayers, one bead being dropped down a string
every time a prayer is said. Cf. Sp. cuenta bead, fr. contar
to count. See Bid
, in to bid beads, and Bide
1. A prayer. [Obs.]
2. A little perforated ball, to be strung on a thread, and
worn for ornament; or used in a rosary for counting
prayers, as by Roman Catholics and Mohammedans, whence the
phrases to tell beads,
to be at one's beads
to bid beads
, etc., meaning, to be at prayer.
3. Any small globular body; as,
(a) A bubble in spirits.
(b) A drop of sweat or other liquid. “Cold beads of
(c) A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking
aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to
(d) (Arch.) A small molding of rounded surface, the
section being usually an arc of a circle. It may be
continuous, or broken into short embossments.
(e) (Chem.) A glassy drop of molten flux, as borax or
microcosmic salt, used as a solvent and color test for
several mineral earths and oxides, as of iron,
manganese, etc., before the blowpipe; as, the borax
bead; the iron bead, etc.
Bead and butt
(Carp.), framing in which the panels are
flush, having beads stuck or run upon the two edges.
, a species of fungus or mold, the stems of which
consist of single cells loosely jointed together so as to
resemble a string of beads. [Written also bead mould
, a cutting tool, having an edge curved so as to
make beads or beading.
(Bot.), a tree of the genus Melia
, the best
known species of which (Melia azedarach
), has blue
flowers which are very fragrant, and berries which are