croton oil

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noun

a brownish-yellow oil, expressed from the seeds of the croton, Croton tiglium, that is a drastic purgative and counterirritant.

Nearby words

  1. crotchet,
  2. crotchety,
  3. crotchwood,
  4. croton,
  5. croton bug,
  6. crotona,
  7. crotonaldehyde,
  8. crotonbug,
  9. crotone,
  10. crotonic acid

Origin of croton oil

First recorded in 1870–75

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Examples from the Web for croton oil

  • Some oils are active poisons, such as croton-oil, which is the most powerful physic known.

    Encyclopedia of Diet|Eugene Christian
  • A considerable number of prisoners smeared their faces with croton-oil to produce eruptions.

    The Secret Service.|Albert D. Richardson
  • Then he tried the croton-oil, and in ten days he was again under the old flag.

    The Secret Service.|Albert D. Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for croton oil

croton oil

noun

a yellowish-brown oil obtained from the plant Croton tiglium, formerly used as a drastic purgativeSee also croton (def. 1)
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