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Cas·tor

 (kăs′tər)
n.
1. Greek Mythology One of the Dioscuri.
2. A binary star in the constellation Gemini, approximately 46 light years from Earth and of roughly equal brightness with Pollux.

[Latin, from Greek Kastōr, twin of Pollux.]

cas·tor 1

(kăs′tər)
n.
1. An oily, brown, odorous substance obtained from glands in the groin of the beaver and used as a perfume fixative. Also called castoreum.
2. A hat made of beaver fur or an imitation.
3. A heavy wool fabric used especially for overcoats.

[Middle English, from Latin, beaver, from Greek kastōr.]

cas·tor 2

 (kăs′tər)
n.
Variant of caster..

castor

(ˈkɑːstə)
n
1. (Biochemistry) the brownish aromatic secretion of the anal glands of a beaver, used in perfumery and medicine
2. (Medicine) the brownish aromatic secretion of the anal glands of a beaver, used in perfumery and medicine
3. (Textiles) the fur of the beaver
4. (Clothing & Fashion) a hat made of beaver or similar fur
5. (Animals) a less common name for beaver11
[C14: from Latin, from Greek kastōr beaver]

castor

(ˈkɑːstə)
n
a variant spelling of caster2, caster3

Castor

(ˈkɑːstə)
n
1. (Astronomy) the second brightest star, Alpha Geminorum, in the constellation Gemini: a multiple star consisting of six components lying close to the star Pollux. Distance: 52 light years
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth See Castor and Pollux

cas•tor1

(ˈkæs tər, ˈkɑ stər)

n.
1. Also, castoreum. a pungent, brownish, oily substance secreted by glands in the groin of the beaver, used in medicine and perfumery.
2. a hat made of beaver or rabbit fur.
3. a beaver.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kástōr beaver]

cas•tor2

(ˈkæs tər, ˈkɑ stər)

n.

Cas•tor

(ˈkæs tər, ˈkɑ stər)

n.
a star of the second magnitude in the constellation Gemini.

Cas·tor

(kăs′tər)
A bright multiple star in the constellation Gemini.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Castor - a multiple star with 6 components; second brightest in Gemini; close to Pollux
Gemini - a zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere between Taurus and Cancer on the ecliptic
2.castor - a shaker with a perforated top for sprinkling powdered sugar
shaker - a container in which something can be shaken
3.castor - a pivoting roller attached to the bottom of furniture or trucks or portable machines to make them movable
roller - a small wheel without spokes (as on a roller skate)
4.castor - a hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material)
fur hat - a hat made of fur
5.Castor - type genus of the Castoridae: beavers
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
beaver - large semiaquatic rodent with webbed hind feet and a broad flat tail; construct complex dams and underwater lodges
Translations
kolečko u nábytku
hjul
bútorgörgõ
smáhjól
ratukas
skritulis
koliesko
mobilya tekerleği

castor

[ˈkɑːstəʳ]
A. N
1. (on furniture) → ruedecilla f
2. (= sifter) (for sugar) → azucarero m
B. CPD castor oil Naceite m de ricino
castor oil plant Nricino m
castor sugar N = caster sugar

castor

[ˈkæstər] n (= wheel) → roulette fcastor oil nhuile f de ricincastor sugar n (British)sucre m semoule

castor

n
(Brit, for sugar, salt etc) → Streuer m
(= wheel)Rolle f, → Rad nt

Castor

[ˈkɑːstəʳ] n (Myth, Astron) → Castore m

castor,

caster

(ˈkaːstə) noun
a small wheel on the legs of furniture to make it easier to move.
References in classic literature ?
Even so," replied the stranger, making diligent use of his triangular castor, to produce a circulation in the close air of the woods, and leaving his hearers in doubt to which of the young man's questions he responded; when, however, he had cooled his face, and recovered his breath, he continued, "I hear you are riding to William Henry; as I am journeying thitherward myself, I concluded good company would seem consistent to the wishes of both parties.
Hussey interposed the mustard-pot and vinegar-cruet, and the entire castor of her countenance.
And I saw Leda the wife of Tyndarus, who bore him two famous sons, Castor breaker of horses, and Pollux the mighty boxer.
As he entered the city, he heard the inhabitants talking at the street corners, and saying that Hercules was brave, and Jason too, and Castor and Pollux likewise, but that Theseus, the son of their own king, would turn out as great a hero as the best of them.
Again the Castor and Pollux of the wilderness sallied forth, and again their flint guns were at fault, and missed fire, and nothing went off but the buffalo.
Reuter, stepping on to the estrade, and signifying, by a movement of the hand, that she wished me to relinquish, for an instant, the castor I had clutched.
I see, moreover, many other Achaeans whose names I could tell you, but there are two whom I can nowhere find, Castor, breaker of horses, and Pollux the mighty boxer; they are children of my mother, and own brothers to myself.
In fact, those four names - D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - were venerated among all who wore a sword; as, in antiquity, the names of Hercules, Theseus, Castor, and Pollux were venerated.
The grown-ups didn't mind it; but neither did they mind taking pills and castor oil.
And truly Castor and strong Polydeuces would have made him (43) their brother perforce, but Agamemnon, being son-in-law to Tyndareus, wooed her for his brother Menelaus.
Holmes declares that he overheard me caution him against the great danger of taking more than two drops of castor oil, while I recommended strychnine in large doses as a sedative.
When they cried, I gave them peppermint or castor oil quite coolly.