physic nut

  1. 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.

  2. the fruit itself.

Origin of physic nut

First recorded in 1775–85

Words Nearby physic nut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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