bio·​die·​sel | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ˈdē-zəl, -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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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 The plant is forty times the size of the Dallas pilot plant, sufficient to start making and selling 50 million gallons of biodiesel per year. Michael J. Mooney, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Koch Brothers' Industrial Empire," 9 Oct. 2015 Two Poma lifts powered by a biodiesel generator bring skiers to the Twin Lakes Headwall for 600 acres of above-tree-line bowl skiing, including cornices to huck and rails to slide. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "How to Ski All Summer Long," 5 July 2018 State law covering video gambling allows an exemption from that rule for truck stops that are on at least three acres and sell a minimum of 10,000 gallons a month of diesel or biodiesel fuel. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Annexation hearing scheduled for gas station that wants 24/7 gambling," 4 July 2018 But in the months that followed, the scandal only grew, even as Mr. Greitens tried to move past it, making statements on tax cuts and funds to produce biodiesel. New York Times, "Missouri’s Governor, a Rising G.O.P. Star, Resigns Amid Scandal," 29 May 2018 Maher had been an officer in a biodiesel company named Clean Fuel Lakeland. Mary Shanklin,, "Thornton Park offices to get medical supply headquarters," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of biodiesel

1981, in the meaning defined above

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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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