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)

Examples of biodiesel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fat removed from the hides can also be rendered down into a biodiesel or industrial oils for resale. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard, which sets annual quotas for the quantity of ethanol and biodiesel that must be blended into fuels, has been the main driver of that price surge, analysts have said. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 10 May 2021 Here’s why: Grains are interrelated; they are used for almost everything from food for both animals and humans, to fuels like ethanol (corn) and biodiesel (soybeans), to cooking oils (corn and soybeans) to wheat for breads and pastas. Sal Gilbertie, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The seawater, filled with marine life excrement, is used as a fertilizer to irrigate nearby fields with salt-tolerant plants like salicornia, a high-protein food source with oil that can be used as biodiesel. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2021 But four members of the council on Wednesday opposed the biodiesel purchase. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, 17 Mar. 2021 In Mississippi, residents now know a biodiesel plant is accused of illegally dumping hazardous material into public waterways. Gene Policinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2021 Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires suppliers of fuels with high carbon intensity to purchase credits from makers of fuels with lower carbon, such as ethanol and biodiesel. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 Next week, the Metropolitan Council will consider spending $122 million to buy more than 140 transit buses powered by biodiesel fuel — not electricity. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of biodiesel

1981, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jun 2021

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“Biodiesel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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

Kids Definition of biodiesel

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


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