Definition of Jumping bean

1. Noun. Seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble.

Exact synonyms: Jumping Seed, Mexican Jumping Bean
Group relationships: Genus Sebastiana, Sebastiana
Generic synonyms: Seed

Definition of Jumping bean

1. Noun. A Mexican jumping bean. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jumping Bean

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jumping Jehoshaphat
jumping Jesus
jumping bean (current term)
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jumping mouse
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jumping orchid
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jumping someone's bones

Literary usage of Jumping bean

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science from an Easy Chair by Edwin Ray Lankester (1911)
"The caterpillar of the moth, Carpocapsa sal- titans, removed from the jumping bean : magnified three diameters. Observe the jaws (with which the circular ..."

2. The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine by Nathaniel Lloyd and Company (1905)
"ON THK MOVEMENTS OF THE •' jumping bean. ... by its movement inside produces the peculiar jerking action from which the naine " jumping bean " is derived. ..."

3. Raymond, Or Life and Death: With Examples of the Evidence for Survival of by Oliver Lodge, Raymond Lodge (1916)
"... A.—MECHANICS OF jumping bean The biological explanation of a jumping bean is sometimes felt to be puzzling, inasmuch as the creature is wholly enclosed; ..."

4. How Plants are Trained to Work for Man by Luther Burbank (1921)
"As if in partnership with the moth, the jumping bean tree has provided food for her offspring, so that the larva has plenty to eat without injuring the seed ..."

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