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Castor-oil plant   /kˈæstər-ɔɪl plænt/   Listen
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 ricin; widely naturalized throughout the tropics.  Synonyms: castor bean plant, palma christ, palma christi, Ricinus communis.

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"Castor-oil plant" Quotes from Famous Books

... the seeds that have come to resemble beetles; among these may be mentioned the seeds of the castor-oil plant and of the Iatropha. The pod of the Biserrula looks like a worm, and a worm half-coiled might well have served as a model for the mimicry of the Scorpiurus vermiculata. All these are much more likely to enlist the services of birds than if their resemblances ...
— Little Masterpieces of Science: - The Naturalist as Interpreter and Seer • Various

... Atlas cocoons, were all inclosed in leaves of the Berberis vulgaris, which shows that Cynthia is also a polyphagous species. It is already known that it feeds on several species of trees, besides the ailantus, such as the laburnum, lilac, cherry, and, I think, also on the castor-oil plant; the common barberry has, therefore, to be added to the above ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882 • Various

Words linked to "Castor-oil plant" :   castor bean plant, genus Ricinus, Ricinus, castor bean, shrub, bush, Ricinus communis

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