oil·​seed | \ ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌsēd \

Definition of oilseed

: a seed or crop (such as flaxseed) grown mainly for oil

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Soybean futures climbed after China agreed to purchase 5 million tons of the oilseed from the U.S., though agricultural officials are skeptical the deal wouldmuch dent a projected record U.S. soybean stockpile. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Soybean Futures Rise on China Purchase Plans," 1 Feb. 2019 Since the beginning of June, prices for the oilseeds have fallen 19% to the lowest levels in a decade. WSJ, "From Seafood to Mattresses: How the Latest Tariffs Would Affect U.S. Businesses," 12 July 2018 As China imposed retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. oilseed, however, exports to China plunged 62% in the first 10 months of 2018 compared with year-earlier levels. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "U.S. Soybean Farmers Work to Loosen China’s Grip," 12 Dec. 2018 The protein-rich oilseed is a key component in the diets of chicken and hogs, which have experienced rising demand as the world’s growing middle class fuels higher meat consumption. Bloomberg.com, "What Trade War? Tariff Threat Isn't Holding Back Soy Market," 16 Apr. 2018 The deficit had narrowed earlier in the year as U.S. producers rushed out exports of the oilseed to beat those tariffs. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "U.S. Trade Deficit Widens as Nafta Talks Grind On," 5 Sep. 2018 But as China, the world’s biggest consumer of the oilseed, shifts its purchases to Brazil and other countries amid the trade dispute with the U.S., economists say the trend could reverse as soon as July. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "U.S. Trade Gap Widened in June," 3 Aug. 2018 Devastating’ Impact Soybeans, the second-most valuable U.S. crop after corn, would be especially hard-hit -- exports to China accounted for more than one-third of the oilseed’s revenue last year. Bloomberg.com, "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 Farmers planted more soybeans than corn this spring for the first time in 35 years, betting in part on a robust Chinese appetite for oilseed. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "U.S. Soybean Farmers Producing Record Crop as China Imposes Tariffs," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of oilseed

1562, in the meaning defined above

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