bead [-s] n

ME < OE biddan, pray.

  1. Water droplet; drop of liquid; [fig.] sweat; perspiration; [metaphor] orb; eyeball; organ of sight with its tiny pupil opening.
  2. Rosary gem; little globule; small perforated ball; decorative unit of a necklace; sphere strung with thread, made of glass, plastic, pearl; [fig.] seed; pod; bud; flower.