oil·​seed ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌsēd How to pronounce oilseed (audio)
: a seed or crop (such as flaxseed) grown mainly for oil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a paper published in Nature Sustainability, the group showed how to make significant amounts of two important moth pheromones from an oilseed plant. WIRED, 23 Nov. 2022 Last week, Russia and Ukraine signed a deal that would allow for grain and oilseed exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports to restart after months of blockages. Anna Cooban, CNN, 28 July 2022 In normal times, Black Sea ports account for 90% of Ukraine’s grain and oilseed exports, the commission says. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 May 2022 The blockade of Ukrainian ports has been particularly harmful, having accounted for 90% of grain and oilseed exports before the war, the commission said. Samuel Petrequin, ajc, 12 May 2022 Global food prices had already reached records when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February and jeopardized big slices of the world’s grain and oilseed supplies. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Germany wants to roll back some environmental policies in order to boost domestic crop production as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens global grain and oilseed supplies. Time, 11 Mar. 2022 Grain and oilseed prices are in sharp focus as food inflation surges. Kim Chipman, Bloomberg.com, 11 Mar. 2022 Bioscience is developing both spring and winter varieties of the oilseed Camelina to be used as cover crops. Lana Bandoim, Forbes, 18 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oilseed was in 1562

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“Oilseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilseed. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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oil·​seed ˈȯi(ə)l-ˌsēd How to pronounce oilseed (audio)
: a seed or crop (as flaxseed) grown mainly for the oil obtained from it

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