bio·​die·​sel | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ˈdē-zəl How to pronounce biodiesel (audio) , -səl\

Definition of biodiesel

: a fuel that is similar to diesel fuel and is derived from usually vegetable sources (such as soybean oil)

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Photojournalist, filmmaker, and adventurer Ulla Lohmann has sailed around the world, explored volcanoes in some of the most remote places on the planet, and traversed the African continent using only biodiesel. National Geographic, "New Zealand High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The recall affects 9,000 of their gas station fueling hoses and swivel fittings which are used to dispense and transfer fuels including gasoline, diesel, ethanol blends, and biodiesel. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Recall Alert: Franklin Fueling Systems Gas Station Hoses," 16 Mar. 2016 However, analysts say that with price declines in substitute vegetable oils there has been a shift by larger companies into other oils for use as a feedstock or in biodiesel. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Trouble in Paradise: Coconut Oil Prices Are Slipping and Sliding," 7 Jan. 2019 Industrial coconut oil, which comes from coconut flesh, is often extracted with chemicals and used in commercial food production, biodiesel and personal care products. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Trouble in Paradise: Coconut Oil Prices Are Slipping and Sliding," 7 Jan. 2019 Since then, she's found different ways to travel responsibly—like her time as a crewmember on Earthrace, a state-of-the-art ship run on biodiesel (rather than petroleum diesel) that circumnavigates the globe to promote renewable fuels. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 That biodiesel came with 36 million legitimate RINs, which certified that the associated biofuel was genuine. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Dept. of Justice cracks down on another multimillion dollar biofuel fraudster," 27 Sep. 2018 The railroad, whose locomotives were converted to run on biodiesel in 2007, is still popular. Daniel Miller,, "Walt Disney's first love lives on at this historic California ranch," 24 May 2018 The engine, which can also run on B20 biodiesel, is rated at 137 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s smooth diesel Cruze hatchback boasts 600-mile range," 12 May 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​die·​sel | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈdē-zəl, -səl\

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: a fuel that is similar to diesel fuel and is usually derived from plants

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