Definition of jatropha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjatrəfə/


Any of various plants or shrubs of the genus Jatropha (family Euphorbiaceae), one species of which (Jatropha curcas) produces seeds that are used in the production of biodiesel.
Example sentences
  • Over 11.85 lakh hectares, roughly 20 per cent of the wasteland in Madhya Pradesh, has been acquired for jatropha cultivation.
  • Most of the windmill units have started planting jatropha with drip irrigation facility.
  • He said tobacco farmers could explore the cultivation of the jatropha plant, whose seed contains edible oil.


Mid 18th century: modern Latin (genus name), from Greek iatros 'physician' + trophē 'nourishment'.

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Syllabification: ja·tro·pha

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