oil palm


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some was due to oil palm plantations, but mining was by far the dominant cause, Dethier says. Bypaul Voosen, science.org, 11 Jan. 2023 An international team of researchers studied differences among an intact old forest, partly logged forest areas, and sites cleared for oil palm plantations, all of them in Sabah state on northern Borneo. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 15 Dec. 2022 The tigers' habitats are shrinking because of oil palm, coffee and acacia plantations. Kelly Murray, CNN, 9 July 2022 Scientists and conservationists hope the discovery will help protect Bornean rainforests and, ideally, slow their destruction to make room for oil palm plantations. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2022 Chimpanzees were given a choice of coula nuts and oil palm nuts. Daryl Perry, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 Orangutans are critically endangered because of habitat loss driven by logging and oil palm plantations. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 18 Apr. 2022 But large industries producing crude oil, rice, and oil palm have displaced many ranches, disrupting the heritage of local llaneros, or people of the plains. Nathalia Angarita, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2022 Diana Chalil, founder of the Consortium Studies of Smallholder Palm Oil in Indonesia, added that future deforestation could also be prevented by helping smallholder growers to increase the yield of their existing oil palm crop. James Dinneen, Wired, 8 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 9 Feb. 2023.

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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