castor-oil plant

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cas·tor-oil plant

A poisonous, ornamental shrub (Ricinus communis) native to Africa, having palmately lobed leaves and widely cultivated for its seeds, which yield an oil of commercial and medicinal value.
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castor-oil plant

(Plants) a tall euphorbiaceous Indian plant, Ricinus communis, cultivated in tropical regions for ornament and for its poisonous seeds, from which castor oil is extracted. Also called (US and Canadian): castor bean
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cas′tor-oil′ plant`

a tall plant, Ricinus communis, of the spurge family, cultivated for its ornamental foliage and poisonous seeds that yield castor oil. Also called castor bean.
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Noun1.castor-oil plant - large shrub of tropical Africa and Asia having large palmate leaves and spiny capsules containing seeds that are the source of castor oil and ricincastor-oil plant - large shrub of tropical Africa and Asia having large palmate leaves and spiny capsules containing seeds that are the source of castor oil and ricin; widely naturalized throughout the tropics
castor bean - the toxic seed of the castor-oil plant; source of castor oil
genus Ricinus, Ricinus - a genus of herb having only one known species: castor-oil plant
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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lycopersicum L., Solanaceae), bean (Phaseolus spp., Fabaceae), peppers (Capsicum spp., Solanaceae), wild cotton (Gossypium sp., Malvaceae), artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L., Asteraceae), cucurbits (Cucurbita spp., Cucurbitaceae), avocado (Persea americana Mill., Lauraceae), onion (Allium cepa L., Amaryllidaceae), grapevine (Vitis vinifera L., Vitaceae) and castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis L., Euphorbiaceae) in the Neotropics (Gagne 1986; Pena et al.
Trogenllys (Ricinus communis: Castor-oil plant) oedd planhigyn arall oedd yn tyfu yna.
Some of the ingredients to play around with include dark-leaved dahlias with flame-coloured flowers, eucomis (the pineapple plant) and Ricinus communis 'Impala', a very dark-leaved version of the castor-oil plant. All these ingredients came initially from seed, some of it from our own plants, so all the spectacular displays we're hoping to create will cost us next to nothing.
"The physician should then stitch the two parts swiftly, keeping the skin elevated by inserting two tubes of eranda (the castor-oil plant) in the position of the nostrils," he had added.
By now most parents, hopefully, are aware that the seeds of laburnum, wisteria, apples, peaches and plums are poisonous but not as deadly as the seed of the castor-oil plant, one or two of which can kill a small child.