cod-liver oil

noun

cod-liv·​er oil
: an oil obtained from the liver of the cod and closely related fishes and used as a source of vitamins A and D

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And don’t turn your nose up at a spoonful of good old-fashioned cod-liver oil, either. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Similar products followed, but most people used homemade recipes with affordable ingredients such as canned milk and Karo syrup, and supplemented babies’ diets with orange juice and cod-liver oil to prevent scurvy and rickets. Alice Callahan, Smithsonian, 25 Oct. 2019 The scientists gave patients scheduled for knee-replacement surgery either 1,000 milligrams of cod-liver oil or placebo. Houston Chronicle, 1 July 2018 Many doctors perceive the use of cod-liver oil for joint pain as an old wives' tale. Houston Chronicle, 1 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cod-liver oil.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cod-liver oil was in 1754

Dictionary Entries Near cod-liver oil

Cite this Entry

“Cod-liver oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cod-liver%20oil. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

cod-liver oil

noun

: an oil obtained from the liver of the cod and closely related fishes and used as a source of vitamins A and D

Medical Definition

cod-liver oil

noun

: a pale yellow fatty oil obtained from the liver of the cod (Gadus morhua) and related fishes and used in medicine (as in the prophylaxis of rickets) chiefly as a source of vitamins A and D compare fish-liver oil

More from Merriam-Webster on cod-liver oil

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ