an ornamental, tropical American tree, Jatropha curcas, of the spurge family, having ivylike leaves, small, yellow or greenish-yellow flowers, and olive-shaped fruit yielding a purgative, poisonous oil.
the fruit itself.
- Also called Barbados nut, purging nut.
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How to use physic nut in a sentence
Of considerable importance is the physic-nut (Jatropha curcas), which is exported.
physic nut, jatropha curcas, belongs to the same order and class as the cassada, &c.Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2) | Anonymous
The French physic nut, jatropha multifida, is another species of this tribe.Antigua and the Antiguans, Volume II (of 2) | Anonymous