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 for Ricinus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ricinus \Ric"i*nus\, n. [L., the castor-oil plant.] (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.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a genus of herb having only one known species: castor-oil
           plant [syn: Ricinus, genus Ricinus]

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