Definition of Job's tears in English:

Job's tears

Syllabification: Job's tears
Pronunciation: /ˈjōbz ˈti(ə)rz


  • A widely cultivated Southeast Asian grass that bears its seeds inside hollow, pear-shaped receptacles, which are gray and shiny and sometimes used as beads.
    • Coix lacryma-jobi, family Gramineae
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    • 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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