physic nut

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Noun1.physic nut - small tropical American tree yielding purple dye and a tanning extract and bearing physic nuts containing a purgative oil that is poisonous in large quantities
genus Jatropha, Jatropha - a mainly tropical genus of American plant belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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Two species of true bugs, Leptoglossus zonatus (Dallas) (Heteroptera: Coreidae) and Pachycoris klugii Burmeister (Heteroptera: Scutelleridae) are registered for the first time feeding on fruits of the physic nut, Jatropha curcas, in Mexico.
The planned green energy research institute will focus on the development of physic nut, blue-green algae, cellulose fermentation, thin film solar materials, and electric vehicle parts.
Juss), the physic nut (Jatropha curcas), the guayacan (Guaiacum officinale) and the guayaba (Psidium guajava L.