ca·​no·​la | \kə-ˈnō-lə \

Definition of canola 

1 : a rape plant of an improved variety having seeds that are low in erucic acid and are the source of canola oil

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Violet cress is actually closer to rapeseed and its derivative, canola. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Purple Plant Has a Secret That Could Replace Synthetic Engine Oil," 27 Aug. 2018 Rapeseed was bred into a new plant, canola, that has a higher yield of oil per seed. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Purple Plant Has a Secret That Could Replace Synthetic Engine Oil," 27 Aug. 2018 Henry's Burger Daikanyama Tempura Motoyoshi Chef Motoyoshi's deep-fried delicacies are fantastically light, sheathed in a crisp coating of golden batter that owes its crunch to a mixture of canola and sesame oil. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 Oils, which help keep the meat from drying out, can be neutral in flavor (canola, vegetable, peanut); in-between (olive, nut); and assertive (sesame). Becky Krystal, sacbee, "If you’re in the mood to marinate meat, soak up these tips," 26 June 2018 Or choose a neutral oil, such as canola, grape seed, safflower or sunflower, Rosen says. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 The dry conditions in Western Australia have forced growers to substitute barley for canola, the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia said Friday in a report. Rebecca Keenan,, "Australian Farmers Wait for Rain as GrainCorp Warns of Dry Start," 11 May 2018 Instead, her 16-year-old daughter has her buying avocado-oil mayonnaise from a small brand called Primal Kitchen, which markets its mayonnaise as sugar-free and canola-free, among other things. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Kraft Heinz Prepares to Take On Hellmann’s With a New Mayonnaise and ‘Mayochup’," 20 May 2018 Under the settlement, Bayer agreed to divest assets including its cotton, canola, soybean and vegetable seed businesses, as well as Bayer’s Liberty herbicide business, which has been a competitor to Monsanto’s Roundup product. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Department Approves Bayer-Monsanto Deal but Requires Asset Sales," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of canola

1979, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for canola

from Canola, former certification mark

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ca·​no·​la | \kə-ˈnō-lə \

Medical Definition of canola 

1 : a rape plant (Brassica napus of the mustard family) of an improved variety with seeds that are low in erucic acid and are the source of canola oil

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