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castor-oil plant

[ kas-ter-oil, kah-ster- ]
/ ˈkæs tərˈɔɪl, ˈkɑ stər- /
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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.

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Also called castor bean.

Origin of castor-oil plant

First recorded in 1835–45
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castor-oil plant

noun

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