from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A colorless or pale yellowish oil extracted from the seeds of the castor-oil plant, used pharmaceutically as a laxative and skin softener and industrially as a lubricant.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The oil yielded by the seeds of Ricinus communis (the castor-oil plant), a native of India, but now distributed over all the warmer regions of the globe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- A mild cathartic oil, expressed or extracted from the seeds of the
Ricinus communis, or Palma Christi. When fresh the oil is inodorous and insipid.
- Same as
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun the
pale yellow vegetableoil extracted from the castor bean; used as a laxativeand an industrial lubricant
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Possibly from a former use as a substitute for castor in medicine.]
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