- 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.
Origin of castor-oil plant
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called castor bean.
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- 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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