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

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China, the world’s largest soybean importer, introduced 25% duties on American oilseed in July as part of a tit-for-tat trade dispute between Washington and Beijing. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Crop Scouts Detect a Record Soybean Crop," 24 Aug. 2018 The strain of cannabis found at Jiayi does not contain THC, and would have been primarily been used as a source of fiber for clothing and rope, as well as nutrient-rich oilseed. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "Earliest evidence for cannabis smoking discovered in ancient tombs," 12 June 2019 Prices for the oilseeds have dropped 11% this year. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tariffs May Crown Corn King Again," 28 Oct. 2018 The country’s large volume of imports of land-intensive crops including grains, oilseeds and cotton, help save its farmland and water resources. Bloomberg.com, "China-U.S. Trade Tariffs May Cut U.S. Farm Exports by 40%," 27 June 2018 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

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1562, in the meaning defined above

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