palm oil


Definition of palm oil

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

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Agriculture accounts for 80 percent of deforestation in the tropics, with a large portion tied to just three commodities: palm oil, soybeans and beef. Mikaela Weisse, Twin Cities, "Mikaela Weisse: Five myths about tropical rainforests," 4 Sep. 2019 The exceptions to this are coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil, which are mostly made of saturated fatty acids. Environmental Nutrition,, "How to choose the best oil for you," 28 Aug. 2019 In Indonesia, vast tracts of forest have been lost to palm oil plantations. Los Angeles Times, "Land use policy key to reining in global warming, U.N. report warns," 8 Aug. 2019 The report said that activities such as draining wetlands — as has happened in Indonesia and Malaysia to create palm oil plantations, for example — is particularly damaging. Christopher Flavelle,, "Climate change threatens the world’s food supply, United Nations warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Chacon said American chocolates often contain palm oil and a lot of sugar, which can mask the natural flavors of the ingredients. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside couple living la ‘Dolce’ vita with Italian chocolates," 8 Aug. 2019 For example, peanuts are commonly sold in old wine bottles and plastic water bottles are reused to sell palm oil and other liquids. Shayera Dark, Quartz Africa, "The Lagos entrepreneurs championing recycling as a way of life," 7 June 2019 Within Indonesia, the amount of land used for palm oil production grew from 1.5 million acres in 1985 to nearly 30 million acres today. John Briley, Washington Post, "Endangered destinations," 18 July 2019 All four victims hailed from this tropical agricultural region, home to vast banana and palm oil plantations serving the export market and multinational food conglomerates. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Death at the border: 4 from Guatemala, 3 of them children, succumb to heat in Texas," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of palm oil

1625, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of palm oil

: oil that is obtained from the fruit of some palm trees and used in cooking and in making soap and other products

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