the seed of the castor-oil plant.
castor-oil plant.
Historical Examples

Horse mint and palm of crystal (castor-bean) and bullnettle root boiled together will make a cure fer swelling.
Slave Narratives, Oklahoma Various

Some genera like the castor-bean (Ricinus) and Croton are cultivated for their large, showy leaves.
Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany Douglas Houghton Campbell

“Why, it’s only what we call the castor-bean, only this is larger,” I venture to say.
Under the Southern Cross Elizabeth Robins

The castor-bean and tobacco-plant are also often seen carpeting the ground with emerald.
Early Western Travels 1748-1846, v. 27 Various

This resemblance is responsible for some of the popular names, such as “castor-bean tick,” etc.
Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane

noun (US & Canadian)
another name for castor-oil plant
the seed of this plant


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