a laboratory test used in the identification of certain metals or metal constituents, in which a bead covered with the material is heated in a flame and cooled to observe its properties.
- Bead tree
Barbados pride (def 1). Historical Examples The bead tree, so called from the seeds being used for rosaries, bearing much-branched panicles of fragrant lilac flowers. Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens Ernest Thomas Cook
beading (defs 1, 4). Historical Examples He says he hopes to have some beadwork for you when he sees you again. The Road Builders Samuel Merwin By the beadwork designs on their moccasins, the judge recognized that they were Piegans. Then and Now Robert Vaughn beadwork is very strong, and this is beginning to look […]
noun (pl) -bies a N temperate liliaceous plant with small white bell-shaped flowers and small red berries
ornamented with or largely composed of beads: a beaded handbag. a small, usually round object of glass, wood, stone, or the like with a hole through it, often strung with others of its kind in necklaces, rosaries, etc. beads. a necklace of beads: You don’t have your beads on this evening. a rosary. Obsolete. devotions; […]