oil·​seed | \ ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌsēd How to pronounce oilseed (audio) \

Definition of oilseed

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

Examples of oilseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The oldest oilseed crop has roots dating back centuries. Dallas News, "Super sesame: 5 recipes for chicken wings, hummus, halva and even ice cream," 24 July 2020 Soybeans, corn and wheat dropped in Chicago with the oilseed touching the lowest in more than a month. Saket Sundria, Bloomberg.com, "Flight to Safety Pounds Commodity Markets Rattled by Virus Fears," 29 Apr. 2020 While large grain and oilseed operations in the U.S. don’t rely as much on seasonal workers, many fruit and vegetable operators do. Time, "'There Won’t Be Anyone to Harvest the Crops.' Coronavirus Travel Bans Squeeze Migrant Labor," 18 Mar. 2020 That includes oilseeds, meat, cereals, ethanol and cotton. Fortune, "The $95 billion centerpiece of the trade deal is already in doubt," 16 Jan. 2020 In the United States, many seeds that don’t need hulling are harvested from two pumpkin varieties: oilseed and snow whites. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Pumpkin Seeds, Made in America," 14 Oct. 2019 Chinese leaders have swallowed their pride and made vigorous efforts to mend fences with the South American country, a far less powerful exporter of meat and oilseeds. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Trump’s Dud of a Deal Shows the Futility of Trade War," 13 Dec. 2019 Steve Nicholson, a grains and oilseeds analyst with Rabobank in St. Louis, believes the reality is probably somewhere between the doom-and-gloom predictions of struggling farmers and the USDA’s estimates. Washington Post, "Some US farmers get a reprieve at end of challenging year," 17 Oct. 2019 Palm oil’s great advantage is that its agricultural yields are higher than with alternative oilseeds. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Palm Oil’s Price Switch Won’t Save the Orangutan," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of oilseed

1562, in the meaning defined above

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“Oilseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilseed. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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