castor oil

noun

Definition of castor oil 

: a pale viscous fatty oil from castor beans used especially as a cathartic and as a lubricant and plasticizer

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Some other readers have had success getting rid of skin tags by applying castor oil to them. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Changing washcloths daily helps control acne," 23 June 2018 My neighbor suggested castor oil and gave me a little container of it. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Changing washcloths daily helps control acne," 23 June 2018 Simply find a mound, make an opening, pour in a cup of a homemade mixture (blend 1 cup warm water, 4 tbsp. dishwashing liquid, and 3 ounces castor oil), and then stomp on the hole. Sunset, "Top Tips to Keep Plants Safe from Garden Pests," 22 Jan. 2018 Ricin is a highly toxic and naturally occurring lectin produced in the seeds of the castor oil plant. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "S.C. Woman Whose Boyfriend Died Under 'Suspicious' Circumstances Accused of Possessing Ricin," 2 May 2018 In this case, the brand included jojoba oil for its emollient properties, frankincense to calm and protect, castor oil to balance, and lanolin to moisturize. Marci Robin, Allure, "Rituel de Fille Is Launching The Ethereal Veil Conceal and Cover, the Brand's First-Ever Concealer," 18 Apr. 2018 The scrub is also infused with conditioning beeswax, castor oil, and cocoa butter. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Burt’s Bees Made a Lip Mask," 28 Mar. 2018 The same odor principle applies to moles that are repelled by the smell of castor oil. Sunset, "Top Tips to Keep Plants Safe from Garden Pests," 22 Jan. 2018 To combat body odor, San Diego brand CeeCee & Bee Apothecary makes its Natural Deodorant Stick — Tea Tree and Lavender, which uses neem leaf (which is said to help repel mosquitoes too), coconut and castor oil. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Heading to Coachella? Here are some packing tips," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of castor oil

1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for castor oil

probably from its former use as a substitute for castoreum in medicine

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castor oil

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English Language Learners Definition of castor oil

: a thick oil made from a tropical plant and used in the past as a medicine

castor oil

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cas·tor oil | \ˈka-stər-\

Kids Definition of castor oil

: a thick yellowish liquid that comes from the seeds ( castor beans ) of a tropical herb and is used as a lubricant and as a strong laxative

castor oil

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Medical Definition of castor oil 

: a pale viscous fatty oil from castor beans used especially as a cathartic or lubricant

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