Definitions

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  • n. the pale yellow vegetable oil extracted from the castor bean; used as a laxative and an industrial lubricant
  • adj. Made of or relating to castor oil.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Will update on that hospital visit – which made me, much to my embarassment, cry – later, after I have drunk my castor-oil martinis.

    If This Is It, Please Let Me Know | Her Bad Mother

  • I took Verna round to see him, and we found him in his yard pruning a castor-oil tree so as to let in the sunlight to a small, tired-looking begonia cutting.

    Pilgrimage with La Virgen de Zapopan from "A House in the Sun" by Dane Chandos

  • And there had always been a castor-oil element of the support for Clinton, a sense that you should take her because she would be good for you.

    The End of Apathy

  • Another natural defense — using a castor-oil mixture — has been touted by a poster in the Pest Patrol forum who says he hit on the idea after hearing that moles sometimes avoid fields where castor beans are planted.

    Pest Patrol: How to control moles in your yard

  • Will update on that hospital visit - which made me, much to my embarassment, cry - later, after I have drunk my castor-oil martinis.

    If This Is It, Please Let Me Know

  • Another natural defense—using a castor-oil mixture—has been touted by a poster in the Pest Patrol forum who says he hit on the idea after hearing that moles sometimes avoid fields where castor beans are planted.

    Pest Patrol: How to control moles in your yard

  • The first is, never to allow a nurse to give medicine to the infant on her own authority: many have such an infatuated idea of the healing excellence of castor-oil, that they would administer a dose of this disgusting grease twice a week, and think they had done a meritorious service to the child.

    Wet Nursing in Victorian England

  • Once the clay was gathered, women wrapped it in large nhlampfurha (castor-oil) leaves and buried it at the foot of a tree to keep it moist.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • Set these in a little valley, framed by mountains whose rocks gleam out blue and purple colours such as pre-Raphaelites only dare attempt, shining out hard and weird-like amongst the clumps of castor-oil plants, oistus, arbor vitae and many other evergreens, whose names, alas!

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • In addition to the usual tropical productions, there were some very fine fig trees and thickets of the castor-oil plant, a very handsome shrub, when, as here, it grows to a height of from ten to twenty-two feet.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

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