castoroil plant

castor-oil plant

[kas-ter-oil, kah-ster-]
noun
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:
1835–45

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

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