Definition of Castor-oil plant
1. Noun. 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.
Terms within: Castor Bean
Group relationships: Genus Ricinus, Ricinus
Generic synonyms: Bush, Shrub
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Literary usage of Castor-oil plant
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1. American Druggist (1890)
"It was, fortunately, found that the castor-oil plant was able to resist this obstacle, and in.its first season the plantation at Sor produced 300 kilos of ..."
2. Mosquitoes: How They Live; how They Carry Disease; how They are Classified by Leland Ossian Howard (1902)
"It consists in planting the castor-oil plant (Rici- nus communis), ... In cold and temperate climates the castor-oil plant grows to a height of four or five ..."
3. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa ( Gray, Merritt Lyndon Fernald, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1908)
"L. castor-oil plant Flowers in racemose or panicled clusters, the fertile above, ... CASTOROIL PLANT."
4. Therapeutics, Materia Medica, and Pharmacy: Including the Special by Samuel Otway Lewis Potter (1909)
"... a local sedative and protective, as in neutralizing the effects of lime upon the conjunctiva. The leaves of the castor-oil plant are used to promote the ..."
5. Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature by John McClintock, James Strong (1883)
"The castor-oil plant attains a considerable fize in one season ; and though in Europe it is only known as an herb, in India it frequently may be seen, ..."
6. Bulletin by United States Weather Bureau (1905)
"(2) As to the exact relative quantities of carbonic acid exhaled, it was a little more for the castor-oil plant in the dark than in the light, the contrary ..."
7. Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute, Or Philosophical by Victoria Institute (Great Britain) (1899)
"I was almost in hopes that he would have said something about the castor oil plant having been regarded by many people as Jonah's gourd. ..."