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

Examples of oilseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past six months, Ukraine has exported 27.6 million metric tons of grain and oilseed through the Black Sea, the country’s main export route, according to figures from the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 12 May 2024 The company commissioned its first oilseed processing plant in 1992, crushing just over 2000 metric tons (mt). Earl Carr, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 In addition, many government officials, industry representatives and farmers contend that the European Union’s rules are really a form of economic protectionism, a way to shield European farmers who grow competing oilseed crops like rapeseed or soybeans. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 The National Grain and Feed Association and the North America Export Grain Association raised fears that stalled grain and oilseed shipments could have an impact for their customers in Mexico, which is among the groups’ most important export markets. Valerie Gonzalez, Fortune, 21 Dec. 2023 On top of the damage wrought by the climate emergency, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also pushed up prices of staple imports such as oil, wheat, rice, maize, fertilizers, and oilseeds. Moffin Opilio, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Aug. 2023 On July 17, Russia suspended the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a deal brokered last year by the United Nations and Turkey that has moved some 33 million metric tons of grain and oilseeds from Ukraine to foreign ports. Ian Bremmer, Time, 27 July 2023 Russia and Ukraine are among the world's top producers of grains and oilseeds. George Petras, USA Today, 17 July 2023 Fortunately, overall cooking oil prices are trending down, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization reporting that its price indices for oilseed, oil meal, and vegetable oil all fell in March, with oilseed prices falling to their lowest level since early 2021. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

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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 17 Jun. 2024.

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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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