Bead tree
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. --Knight.

{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 poisonous. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bead tree — Azedarach A*zed a*rach, azederach azederach, n. [F. az[ e]darac, Sp. acederaque, Pers. [=a]z[=a]ddirakht noble tree.] 1. (Bot.) a handsome tree ({Melia azedarach}) of the mahogany family, native to Northern India and China, having long clusters… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bead tree — Margosa Mar*go sa, n. [Pg. amargoso bitter.] (Bot.) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bead tree — melija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Melijinių (Meliaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Melia). atitikmenys: lot. Melia angl. bead tree vok. Paradiesbaum; Paternosterbaum; Zedarachbaum rus. мелия lenk. bez; cedrak; melia; miodla …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • bead tree — noun 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: ↑jumby bean, ↑jumby tree, ↑Ormosia monosperma • Hypernyms: ↑necklace …   Useful english dictionary

  • bead tree — type of tree in the mahogany family …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bead tree. — See Barbados pride (def. 1). [1660 70; so called from its bright scarlet seeds, used for necklaces] * * * …   Universalium

  • bead tree. — See Barbados pride (def. 1). [1660 70; so called from its bright scarlet seeds, used for necklaces] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Indian bead tree — kininė melija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Melijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, pluoštinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Melia azedarach), paplitęs rytų ir pietų Azijoje ir Australijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Melia azedarach angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bead and butt — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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