Definition of castor-oil plant in English:

castor-oil plant

Syllabification: cas·tor-oil plant

noun

  • An African shrub with lobed serrated leaves, yielding the seeds from which castor oil is obtained and widely naturalized in warm countries.
    • Ricinus communis, family Euphorbiaceae
    More example sentences
    • It comes from the beans of the castor oil plant, ricinis communis, which grows widely in warm climates and here and there in England.
    • Despite its exotic indoor plant appearance, Fatsia, the castor oil plant, grows very well outside and is ideal for filling a large space.
    • This is particularly true with the castor oil plant which is an annual that produces a prolific amount of seeds in a short time, so it's important to pull them out before they flower.

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