Meaning of “castor oil” in the English Dictionary


"castor oil" in English

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castor oilnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌkɑː.stər ˈɔɪl/ us /ˌkæs.tɚ ˈɔɪl/

Examples from literature

  • Castor oil and molasses, containing a teaspoonful of spirits of turpentine, will add to the efficiency of an injection. 
  • Minor cases of sickness were usually treated by giving the patient a dose of castor oil or several doses of some form of home made medicine which the slaves made themselves from roots that they gathered in the woods. 
  • Most of the time these symptoms yielded quickly at the mere sight of the castor oil which was his mother's favourite remedy and the taste of which Keith hated more than anything else in the world. 
  • Place her in a warm bath, and give her a dose of castor oil, morning and evening. 
  • Thus a few cloves, or grains of coffee, or a bit of pepper, eaten before a dose of castor oil, renders it less nauseous. 

(Definition of “castor oil” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)