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croton oil

a brownish-yellow oil, expressed from the seeds of the croton, Croton tiglium, that is a drastic purgative and counterirritant.
Origin of croton oil
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then he tried the croton-oil, and in ten days he was again under the old flag.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • A considerable number of prisoners smeared their faces with croton-oil to produce eruptions.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Some oils are active poisons, such as croton-oil, which is the most powerful physic known.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
British Dictionary definitions for croton-oil

croton oil

a yellowish-brown oil obtained from the plant Croton tiglium, formerly used as a drastic purgative See also croton (sense 1)
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