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a highly poisonous protein found in the seeds of the rosary pea: inhibits protein synthesis, causing symptoms such as internal bleeding, intestinal upset, and irritation of mucous membranes.
Historical Examples

abrin, or abrine, a poisonous substance, being the active principle in the seeds of Abrus precatorius (see Abrus).
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