oil palm


: an African pinnate-leaved palm (Elaeis guineensis) cultivated for its clustered fruit whose flesh and seeds yield oil

Examples of oil palm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Macaques bash open oil palm nuts by placing them on a flat stone and striking their shell with another stone. Zach Zorich, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2023 But environmental benefits accrue only if existing cropland is converted to oil palms. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 It's all been converted into oil palm, but I was not allowed to say it on camera. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2023 Unfortunately, thousands of peatlands are sometimes cleared for oil palm plantations. Simi Thambi​, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Some of them, including African rice, have remained virtually confined there; others, such as African yams, eventually spread throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa; and two, the oil palm and the kola nut, spread to other continents. Jared Diamond, Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2023 Much of their tropical rainforest homelands are being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. Ralph Steadman, Discover Magazine, 19 July 2018 What Is Palm Oil? Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree, which is found mainly in warm climates such as Africa and Asia. Isadora Baum, Health, 17 Aug. 2023 In a bid to improve self-sufficiency, the Ugandan government has pledged to plant some 100,000 hectares of oil palm. Sophie Neiman, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oil palm was in 1850

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“Oil palm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20palm. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

oil palm

: a palm that is cultivated for its clusters of fruits from which a vegetable oil is obtained

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