palma christi definition

  • others:
    • A plant (Ricinus communis) with decorative peltate and palmately cleft vegetation, developing as a woody perennial when you look at the tropics, and cultivated as an herbaceous yearly in temperate areas; -- labeled as in addition castor-oil plant.
    • The castor-oil plant, Ricinus communis. See cut under castor-oil.
  • noun:
    • big shrub of tropical Africa and Asia having big palmate leaves and spiny capsules containing seeds which can be the origin of castor oil and ricin; widely naturalized through the entire tropics
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