oil palm


Definition of 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 The oil palm plant grows best at ten degrees to the north and south of the equator. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2021 Land has been appropriated in Southeast Asia and Brazil to expand oil palm production and in parts of Africa to produce plantation crops such as cacao. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 The rest live in the southern states of peninsular Malaysia, where forests are quickly being converted to oil palm plantations. Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic, 22 June 2020 The expansion of oil palm plantations was the primary driver behind a nearly 20 percent loss in Sumatran tiger habitat between 2000 and 2012, one study found. National Geographic, 24 Mar. 2020 Johnson wants to tell the world about wild oil palm and alternative production models. Emma Reynolds, CNN, 26 Nov. 2019 But in the 1980s, concession holders started to dig drainage canals through peatlands to float out logs and dry out the peat to plant dryland crops, especially oil palm and acacia trees for pulp and paper. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, 1 Oct. 2019 Palm oil is a controversial cooking oil, as global demand is causing producers in Africa to clear large areas of tropical forests to make room for oil palm plantations. Ian Burke, Saveur, 10 Oct. 2018 But Roucoux worries that someday oil palm harvesters or other farmers will target the area for development. Daniel Grossman, Scientific American, 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of oil palm

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Oil palm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20palm. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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