castor bean


Definition of castor bean

: the very poisonous seed of the castor-oil plant also : castor-oil plant

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Recent Examples on the Web There are some new kicks on the block—and they're made out of castor bean oil, eucalyptus tree, algae, and natural rubber. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reebok Steps into Sustainable Fashion with Its First Plant-Based Running Shoes," 3 Dec. 2019 Its soles are made from castor beans and natural rubber. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Vegan sneakers set to be next plant-based craze in 2020," 14 Dec. 2019 The shoe adorns a sleek highly cushioned, responsive midsole, all made from sustainability grown castor beans. James Love, Essence, "Reebok Releases A New Running Sneakers Made from Plants," 3 Dec. 2019 Gophers and moles have an extraordinarily sensitive sense of smell so the smell of the castor bean pellets often drives them away. Earl Nickel,, "How to keep pesky visitors out of the garden," 20 Sep. 2019 Ricin is a poison derived from castor beans and exposure to it can be deadly. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Two Letters Sent to the Pentagon Test Positive for Ricin," 2 Oct. 2018 The brand also uses other sustainable materials like recycled water bottles for the polyester in the laces, recycled cardboard that makes up 90% of the packaging, sugar cane in the foam sole, and castor bean oil in the insole. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "We Reviewed Allbirds, the "World's Most Comfortable" Shoes — Here's What You Need to Know," 11 Sep. 2019 Ricin is a highly poisonous substance found in castor beans and only a few milligrams of it is enough to kill a human, authorities said. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "La Crescenta man admits to intending to poison wife with ricin, feds say," 9 Sep. 2019 Castor oil is made by pressing the seeds of castor beans, which yields a viscous liquid thicker than olive oil and pale yellow in hue. Elizabeth Kiefer, Washington Post, "Cleopatra used it as a beauty aid. Now castor oil is staging a cosmetics comeback.," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of castor bean

1819, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jan 2020

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“Castor bean.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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castor bean

cas·​tor bean | \ ˈkas-tər- How to pronounce castor bean (audio) \

Medical Definition of castor bean

: the very poisonous seed of the castor-oil plant also : castor-oil plant

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