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 can be 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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