palma christi

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n palma christi 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palma Christi (Bot) A plant (Ricinus communis) with ornamental peltate and palmately cleft foliage, growing as a woody perennial in the tropics, and cultivated as an herbaceous annual in temperate regions; -- called also castor-oil plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Palma Christi the castor-oil plant
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., palm of Christ
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. from L., as above.

Usage

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Associated Words: ricinoleic, ricinolein, ricinus, Palma Christi.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
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