physic nut

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. physi-,
  2. physiatrics,
  3. physiatrist,
  4. physiatry,
  5. physic,
  6. physical,
  7. physical allergy,
  8. physical anthropology,
  9. physical capital,
  10. physical change

Origin of physic nut

First recorded in 1775–85

Also called Barbados nut, purging nut.

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