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Meaning of physic nut

phys'ic nut"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an ornamental, tropical American tree, Jatropha curcas, of the spurge family, having ivylike leaves, small, yellow or greenish-yellow flowers, and olive-shaped fruit yielding a purgative, poisonous oil.
  2. the fruit itself. Also called
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