palm oil


: an edible fat obtained from the flesh of the fruit of several palms and used especially in soap and lubricating greases

Examples of palm oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The election also carries high stakes for the United States and China, since Indonesia has a huge domestic market, natural resources including nickel and palm oil, and diplomatic influence with its Southeast Asian neighbors. Niniek Karmini and Edna Tariganthe Associated Press,, 15 Feb. 2024 As one of the world’s biggest exporters of coal, nickel and palm oil, Indonesia has a large role to play in the climate change crisis. Sui-Lee Wee, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 That might include bread made from yam and fonio (an ancient grain), beef served with eggplant tartare, or a palm oil and sweet-potato purée. Alicia Erickson, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2023 And producing jet fuel from crops other than corn, such as palm oil or soy, would probably be an even worse idea than using ethanol; the demand for these crops is already a huge driver of deforestation. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2023 For decades, human rights and environmental groups have accused Indonesia's government of land grabs, turning over rainforests and indigenous people's lands to large companies for the exploitation of resources such as palm oil. Alex Stambaugh, CNN, 8 Dec. 2023 Yet, palm oil is another option found in grocery stores. Isadora Baum, Health, 17 Aug. 2023 Finding cheaper substitutes for palm oil, soy, and meat, just to mention some drivers of deforestation, would also be important contributions. Bygabriel Labbate, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 So in 2016, several districts got together to design a development pathway that would protect important environmental ecosystems like our forests and peatlands, while uplifting the welfare and livelihoods of corn and palm oil farmers, fishing families, and others who live off the land. Ashoka, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of palm oil was in 1625

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“Palm oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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