- any plant of the genus Jatropha, esp the poisonous shrub Jatropha curcas, originating in Central America but also found in Asia and Africa; used mainly as a component for biofuel
from Greek iatros physician + trophē nourishment
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"Jatropha clauca" remains as printed but probably refers to Jatropha glauca.
The milky juice of the English Physic nut (Jatropha curcas) mixed with half its weight of lard.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Physic Nut, jatropha curcas, belongs to the same order and class as the cassada, &c.
The French Physic Nut, jatropha multifida, is another species of this tribe.
They are succeeded by nuts, of the same size and appearance as those of the jatropha curcas.