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physic nut

noun
1.
an ornamental, tropical American tree, Jatropha curcas, of the spurge family, having ivylike leaves, small, yellow or greenish-yellow flowers, and olive-shaped fruit yielding a purgative, poisonous oil.
2.
the fruit itself.
Also called Barbados nut, purging nut.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85
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