oleo·​mar·​ga·​rine ˌō-lē-ō-ˈmär-jə-rən How to pronounce oleomargarine (audio)

Examples of oleomargarine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, with the butter shortages of World War II, oleomargarine continued its inexorable climb. jsonline.com, 7 Jan. 2020 In 1895, the state, to protect its dairy farmers, banned the manufacture and sale in the state of yellow oleomargarine. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2019 The purpose was to get yellow oleomargarine by the case, which was substantially cheaper than butter. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2019 The Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1927 ruled unconstitutional a law prohibiting the sale of oleomargarine and other butter substitutes in the state, and in 1952 turned back an attempt to ban the sale of Dairy Queen soft-serve. Quint Forgey, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2017 Critics say the law's real purpose appears to be protecting the local dairy industry, something the courts have repeatedly struck down over the decades, starting in 1927 when the state tried to ban the sale of oleomargarine. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Aug. 2017 Mège-Mouriès invented the substance after churning together beef oil and milk, dubbing his creation oleomargarine. Tommy Rowan, Philly.com, 8 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History


French oléomargarine, from olé- + margarine margarine

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oleomargarine was in 1873

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“Oleomargarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleomargarine. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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