banana oil

noun

Examples of banana oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers picked up some banana oil from a local supermarket and doused cotton balls in it to see if their presence would have the same effect. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, 30 Aug. 2023 The compound found in their urine is similar to a compound in banana oil. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 Both pentyl acetate and isoamyl acetate are found in fruits and are used to produce banana oil/extract. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 To test out the male mice's reaction to isoamyl acetate and bananas, the team used supermarket banana oil. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banana oil was in 1887

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“Banana oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banana%20oil. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

banana oil

noun
: a colorless liquid acetate that has a fruity odor and is used to dissolve things and to make artificial fruit scents

Medical Definition

banana oil

noun
ba·​nana oil bə-ˈnan-ə-ˌȯi(ə)l How to pronounce banana oil (audio)
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