One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Caribbean any of several shrubs of the tropical American genus Pedilanthus (family Euphorbiaceae), especially P. tithymaloides and P. bahamensis, the twigs of which produce a distinctive squeak when rubbed together.
2The lebbek, Albizia lebbek, whose dry pods make a chattering noise in the wind.
Early 20th century.
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