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tall tropical plant of the family Poaceae (grassgrass,
any plant of the family Poaceae (formerly Gramineae), an important and widely distributed group of vascular plants, having an extraordinary range of adaptation. Numbering approximately 600 genera and 9,000 species, the grasses form the climax vegetation (see ecology) in
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 family), Coix lacrymajobi, native to E Asia and Malaya but elsewhere cultivated in gardens as an annual and naturalized in the S United States and New World tropics. The mature grains are enveloped by very hard, pearly white, oval structures which are used as beads for making rosaries, necklaces, and other objects. Some varieties are harvested for cereal food and are used medicinally in parts of Asia. Job's-tears is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Poaceae.
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Except for galactogenic recipes that include maize porridge (holo), all moreover are consumed with a quantity of rice (pae), while as noted just above Job's tears (ke'o) can be consumed by nursing mothers generally.
The other components are three cereals (rice, maize, and Job's tears), two gourds (the Bitter gourd and the Ash pumpkin), a tuber, the leaves of a tree, and animal fat.
Even the 'tears' (small, whitish grains) which give Job's tears their name could conceivably be interpreted as drops of milk.
As noted, Job's tears consumed with Bitter gourd is described as the general nursing food in the desa (modern administrative district) of Wolo Pogo, to the east, while a combination of Sweet potato and kei (Tete Kei) is generally prescribed in desa LeguDeru, to the southwest.
THE CLAIM: Salicylic acid combined with "ethnobotanicals," like Job's tears, yarrow and burdock, is more effective.
Was adlai, also known as Job's Tears (Coix lachrima), ever part of our culinary landscape?
On the occasion of its founding anniversary, Catigbian in Bohol is not the tigbi (Job's tears grass) or tigbaw (caves) from which its name was derived.