castor-oil plant

noun

cas·​tor-oil plant
: a tropical Old World herb (Ricinus communis) widely grown as an ornamental or for its oil-rich castor beans

Examples of castor-oil plant in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of castor-oil plant was in 1836

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“Castor-oil plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/castor-oil%20plant. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

castor-oil plant

noun
: a tropical Old World herb widely grown as an ornamental plant or for its oil-rich seeds

Medical Definition

castor-oil plant

noun
: 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

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