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n. an East Asian grass, ''Coix lacryma-jobi'', sometimes harvested as a cereal.


Coix is a genus of Asian and Australian plants in the grass family.

The best-known species is Coix lacryma-jobi, widely called Job's Tears. It is cultivated in many warm regions as a source of food, medicine, and ornamentation.

  1. Coix aquatica Roxb. - China ( Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi), Indian Subcontinent, Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia; naturalized in New Guinea
  2. Coix gasteenii B.K.Simon - northern Queensland
  3. Coix lacryma-jobi L. - China , Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia; naturalized in other parts of Asia as well as in southern Europe, Africa, the Americas, and various oceanic islands
formerly included

see Chionachne Polytoca Tripsacum

Usage examples of "coix".

Chiaraxi shakes her head but Cospali thinks it might be a variety of the coix plant, which they use in the far west for treating delirium.

I tell Melus the Fair about Senator Mursius's plans for cheating in the races and hand her a leaf from the coix plant.

They had men hiding there, waiting to drug the Elvish horses with that coix plant from the far west.