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 for Bead tree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Margosa \Mar*go"sa\, n. [Pg. amargoso bitter.] (Bot.)
     Melia+({Melia+Azadirachta">A large tree of the genus Melia ({Melia Azadirachta) found
     in India. Its bark is bitter, and used as a tonic. A valuable
     oil is expressed from its seeds, and a tenacious gum exudes
     from its trunk. The Melia Azedarach is a much more showy
     tree, and is cultivated in the Southern United States, where
     it is known as Pride of India, Pride of China, or bead
     tree. Various parts of the tree are considered anthelmintic.
     [1913 Webster]
           The margosa oil . . . is a most valuable balsam for
           wounds, having a peculiar smell which prevents the
           attacks of flies.                        --Sir S.
     [1913 Webster] Margravate

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Azedarach \A*zed"a*rach\, 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.
        [1913 Webster] Azerbaidzhan

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bead \Bead\ (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.]
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Any small globular body; as,
        (a) A bubble in spirits.
        (b) A drop of sweat or other liquid. "Cold beads of
            midnight dew." --Wordsworth.
        (c) A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking
            aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to
            take aim).
        (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.
            [1913 Webster]
     Bead and butt (Carp.), framing in which the panels are
        flush, having beads stuck or run upon the two edges.
     Bead mold, 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.]
     Bead tool, a cutting tool, having an edge curved so as to
        make beads or beading.
     Bead tree (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
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bead tree
      n 1: small tree of West Indies and northeastern Venezuela having
           large oblong pointed leaflets and panicles of purple
           flowers; seeds are black or scarlet with black spots [syn:
           bead tree, jumby bean, jumby tree, Ormosia

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