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 For Jamie Beyer, a corn and soybean farmer in Wheaton, Minnesota and the president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, the drop in gasoline and biodiesel usage is reflected in low gas prices. Jack Turman, CBS News, "COVID-19 exacts a high cost from Minnesota hog farmers," 9 June 2020 This comparison includes biofuels (like ethanol and biodiesel), wood-burning, and waste incineration or landfill gas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "135-year-long streak is over: US renewable sources topped coal in 2019," 29 May 2020 Most recycled waste cooking oil is currently used in the production of soap and biodiesel. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "A new use for McDonald's used cooking oil: 3D printing," 19 Feb. 2020 Between July 2007 and September 2013, Sharp and his accomplice conspired to defraud investors in a project to produce biodiesel fuel in the West African nation of Ghana., "83-year-old con man headed back to federal prison for violating conditions of his release," 7 Aug. 2019 According to Reverb, Sheryl Crow neutralized nearly 1.5 million pounds of greenhouse gases on her 2010 tour by powering her tour bus with biodiesel fuel and ensuring her catering was both compostable and biodegradable. Nathan Sing, CNN, "From Billie EIlish to Maroon 5, green touring is becoming the new normal," 3 Feb. 2020 Rides to Cavs games on the brewery's Fatty Wagon - the shuttle that runs on a 20% blend of biodiesel processed with used cooking oil - also will not be available during the hiatus. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Great Lakes Brewing Co. brewpub to shut down for ‘refresh’," 23 Jan. 2020 Her husband, Jordan Beck, owns Ashland grease collection and biodiesel retailer Rogue Biofuels. Bend Bulletin, oregonlive, "Family sues Bend hospital for $26.5 million after woman died following breast infection," 31 Dec. 2019 Though Jones and his colleagues are hoping to not need it, the vessel will be equipped with a biodiesel backup generator for emergency situations. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Robotic 'Mayflower' to cross the Atlantic on 400th anniversary of Pilgrims' journey," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of biodiesel

1981, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2020

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“Biodiesel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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