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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]


pantropical plant genus of the legume family Fabaceae.

Abrus precatorius
seeds contain a toxin, abrin, which causes severe diarrhea and paralysis. Called also jequirity, love precatory, lucky or paternoster bean, rosary or coral pea, crab's eye, minnie-minnie, Indian liquorice.
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Two alkaloids (60 and 61) have been obtained from the water-ethanol extract of raw materials from Abrus cantortiensis and Abrus mollis (family Fabaceae) (Yuan and Lin 2013).
Abrus had served as a military photographer in the army and ran a fashion photography business before becoming an actor.
Hutchkinson is no fan of Catholics and proposes a way to dispense of them by using rosaries made of the seeds of Abrus precatorius, the rosary seed plant.
2009) were also in agreement with our result for using this synthetic plant growth regulator in the culture medium for Withania somnifera, Cardiospermum halicacabum Linn and Abrus precatorious, respectively.
This is in consonance with that of an earlier report on certain under-utilized legumes such as Abrus precatorius, Mucuna pruriens var.
Phytochemical studies of Abrus precatorius alkaloids.
For instance, the scarlet-colored seed produced by a member of the Abrus genus--which is known as the 'rosary pea' or 'crab's eye'--is often used for making necklaces and rosary beads in other countries," says Kirkbride.
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The compounds come from the weedy vine Abrus precatorius, commonly known as the rosary pea, which grows in tropical regions worldwide.
Extracted from the rosary pea-a weedy vine, Abrus precatorius, native to Florida-these saponins are 30 to 100 times sweeter than sucrose.
In vitro immunostimulatory effect of Abrus lectins derived peptide fractions (AGP and ABP) was investigated in DL bearing mice.
paste with fruits of Terminalia chebula, fruits of Terminalia belerica, wood fron Santalum album, leaves of Abrus precatorius, and leaves of Andrographis paniculata, dried, powdered and made into pills the size of beans (seeds of Dolichos lablab).