Physic nut
Physic Phys"ic, n. [OE. phisike, fisike, OF. phisique, F. physique knowledge of nature, physics, L. physica, physice, fr. Gr. ?, fr. fysiko`s natural, from fy`sis nature, fr. ? to produce, grow, akin to E. be. See {Be}, and cf. {Physics}, {Physique}.] 1. The art of healing diseases; the science of medicine; the theory or practice of medicine. ``A doctor of physik.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A specific internal application for the cure or relief of sickness; a remedy for disease; a medicine. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically, a medicine that purges; a cathartic. [1913 Webster]

4. A physician. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Physic nut} (Bot.), a small tropical American euphorbiaceous tree ({Jatropha Curcas}), and its seeds, which are well flavored, but contain a drastic oil which renders them dangerous if eaten in large quantities. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • physic nut — n the seed of a small tropical American tree of the genus Jatropha (J. curcas) containing a strongly purgative oil * * * purging nut 1. Jatropha curcas. 2. J. multifida. 3. the seed of either of these trees, which contains a cathartic oil and a… …   Medical dictionary

  • physic nut — noun small tropical American tree yielding purple dye and a tanning extract and bearing physic nuts containing a purgative oil that is poisonous in large quantities • Syn: ↑Jatropha curcus • Hypernyms: ↑angiospermous tree, ↑flowering tree •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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. Also called… …   Universalium

  • physic nut — /ˈfɪzɪk nʌt/ (say fizik nut) noun → jatropha (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Physic nut — Jatropha (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • physic nut —   Kuku ihi …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • physic-nut — …   Useful english dictionary

  • physic-nut oil — noun : curcas oil …   Useful english dictionary

  • Physic — Phys ic, n. [OE. phisike, fisike, OF. phisique, F. physique knowledge of nature, physics, L. physica, physice, fr. Gr. ?, fr. fysiko s natural, from fy sis nature, fr. ? to produce, grow, akin to E. be. See {Be}, and cf. {Physics}, {Physique}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barbados nut. — See physic nut. * * * …   Universalium

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