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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of apetalous plants of the order Euphorbiaceæ, tribe Crotoneæ, and subtribe Acalypheæ.
  • noun In cntom., an old genus of bird-lice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of plants of the Spurge family, containing but one species (Ricinus communis), the castor-oil plant. The fruit is three-celled, and contains three large seeds from which castor oil is expressed. See palma christi.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a genus of herb having only one known species: castor-oil plant

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