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castor-oil plant

[kas-ter-oil, kah-ster-] /ˈkæs tərˈɔɪl, ˈkɑ stər-/
noun
1.
a tall plant, Ricinus communis, of the spurge family, cultivated for its ornamental foliage and having poisonous seeds that are the source of castor oil.
Also called castor bean.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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castor-oil plant

noun
1.
a tall euphorbiaceous Indian plant, Ricinus communis, cultivated in tropical regions for ornament and for its poisonous seeds, from which castor oil is extracted Also called (US and Canadian) castor bean
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