oil palm

noun

Definition of oil palm

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

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More than 10 percent of the Indonesian population lives below the poverty line, and the country wants to build 3 million hectares of oil palm and sugar plantation in Papua. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 Currently, Southeast Asia is the oil palm hotspot, and the deforestation and ensuing damage in the region have been well publicized. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "African palm oil expansion is bad news for the continent’s primates," 17 Aug. 2018 Large portions of tropical forests and carbon-rich peatlands are being cleared in southeast Asia, Africa and Latin American to make way for oil palm plantations. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "What is palm oil, and why did grocery chain Iceland pull it? The controversy, explained," 10 Apr. 2018 Wetlands continue to be destroyed in Southeast Asia and the Congo region of Africa, mainly to plant oil palm. National Geographic, "75% of Earth's Land Areas Are Degraded," 26 Mar. 2018 Much of their tropical rainforest homelands are being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. Ralph Steadman, Discover Magazine, "Where the Wild Things Aren't," 1 Mar. 2018 The company operates 33,000 hectares (82,000 acres) of oil palm and rubber trees, according to its website. Bloomberg.com, "Okomu Nigeria Sees Subdued 2018 for Palm Oil on Market Woes," 14 Feb. 2018 In 2014, under pressure from conservation groups, the big oil palm companies adopted a no-deforestation policy. National Geographic, "Extremely Endangered Tiger Losing Habitat—and Fast," 10 Dec. 2017 The Pasoh Forest, however, is surrounded on three sides by oil palm plantations. National Geographic, "Hordes of Wild Pigs Make Palm Oil Even More Destructive," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of oil palm

1850, in the meaning defined above

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