castor-oil plant
noun Date: 1836 a tropical Old World herb (Ricinus communis) widely grown as an ornamental or for its oil-rich castor beans

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  • CASTOR-OIL PLANT — (Heb. קִיקָיוֹן, kikayon), the kikayon in the shade of which the prophet Jonah sat outside Nineveh after his prophecy concerning that city s destruction had not been fulfilled. He was glad of the shade, but God prepared a worm that attacked the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • castor-oil plant — [kas′tər oil′] n. a tropical plant (Ricinus communis) of the spurge family, with seeds (castor beans) from which castor oil is extracted …   English World dictionary

  • Castor-oil plant — Castor oil Cas tor oil (k[a^]s t[ e]r oil ). A mild cathartic oil, expressed or extracted from the seeds of the {Ricinus communis}, or {Palma Christi}. When fresh the oil is inodorous and insipid. [1913 Webster] {Castor oil plant}. Same as {Palma …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • castor-oil plant — n a tropical Old World herb of the genus Ricinus (R. communis) widely grown as an ornamental or for its oil rich castor beans that are a source of castor oil …   Medical dictionary

  • Castor oil plant — Taxobox name = Castor oil plant image width = 240px image caption = Castor bean in disturbed area regnum = Plantae phylum = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Malpighiales familia = Euphorbiaceae subfamilia = Acalyphoideae tribus =… …   Wikipedia

  • castor-oil plant — /kas teuhr oyl , kah steuhr / a tall plant, Ricinus communis, of the spurge family, cultivated for its ornamental foliage and having poisonous seeds that are the source of castor oil. Also called castor bean. [1835 45] * * * Large plant (Ricinus… …   Universalium

  • castor-oil-plant — paprastasis ricinmedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Karpažolinių šeimos aliejinis, dekoratyvinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Ricinus communis), kilęs iš Afrikos. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai), gaunami… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • castor oil plant — ricinmedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Karpažolinių (Euphorbiaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Ricinus). atitikmenys: lot. Ricinus angl. castor bean plant; castor oil plant vok. Rizinus; Wunderbaum rus. клещевина lenk. kleszczowina; rącznik …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • castor-oil plant — Palma Christi Pal ma Chris ti [L., palm of Christ.] (Bot.) A plant ({Ricinus communis}) with ornamental peltate and palmately cleft foliage, growing as a woody perennial in the tropics, and cultivated as an herbaceous annual in temperate regions; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • castor oil plant — japoninė fatsija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aralijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Fatsia japonica), paplitęs rytų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Fatsia japonica angl. castor oil plant; fatsi; glossy leaf paperplant; Japanese fatsia;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • castor-oil plant — cas′tor oil′ plant pln a tall plant, Ricinus communis, of the spurge family, cultivated for its ornamental foliage and poisonous seeds that yield castor oil Also called castor bean 2) • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

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