oleo·​mar·​ga·​rine | \ ˌō-lē-ō-ˈmär-jə-rən How to pronounce oleomargarine (audio) , -ˌrēn; -ˈmärj-rən \

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Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, with the butter shortages of World War II, oleomargarine continued its inexorable climb. jsonline.com, "Americans love soda, fancy water and fake milk. Can the dairy industry keep up?," 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, "Wisconsin banned selling yellow margarine for 72 years, so residents smuggled it in from Illinois," 28 Aug. 2019 The purpose was to get yellow oleomargarine by the case, which was substantially cheaper than butter. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 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, "Wisconsin Lawsuit Aims to Cut Through Butter Laws," 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, "Does Wisconsin ban on Irish butter sales fail the smell test? Judge lets courts sort it out," 15 Aug. 2017 Mège-Mouriès invented the substance after churning together beef oil and milk, dubbing his creation oleomargarine. Tommy Rowan, Philly.com, "When yellow margarine was public enemy No. 1," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of oleomargarine

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oleomargarine

French oléomargarine, from olé- + margarine margarine

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16 Feb 2020

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“Oleomargarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleomargarine. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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