from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poisonous, ornamental, tropical African herb or tree (Ricinus communis) having palmately lobed leaves and unisexual flowers and yielding a seed oil of commercial and medicinal value.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Same as Palma Christi.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
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