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Job's tears Line breaks: Job's tears
Pronunciation: /dʒəʊbz/

Definition of Job's tears in English:

plural noun

A SE Asian grass which bears its seeds inside hollow pear-shaped receptacles, which are grey and shiny and sometimes used as beads.
  • Coix lacryma-jobi, family Gramineae
Example sentences
  • Alternative staples such as foxtail millet, Job's tears, taro, yams and sago played a more important role in other parts of the archipelago.
  • Salicylic acid combined with ‘ethnobotanicals,’ like Job's tears, yarrow and burdock, is more effective.
  • Prepare 50 grams of sticky rice, 250 grams of seeds of Job's tears, 20 grams of Chinese dates and 20 grams of longan.


Late 16th century: named after the patriarch Job.

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