palm oil

noun

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

Examples of palm oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crude palm oil producers have been subject to the Windfall Profit Levy Act (Act 592) since 1999. Nana Ama Sarfo, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Indonesia is the world's biggest exporter of palm oil, and in 2019 alone an area of forest and other land half the size of Belgium was burned for plantations. NBC News, 5 Nov. 2021 Indonesia is the world's biggest exporter of palm oil, and in 2019 alone an area of forest and other land half the size of Belgium was burned for plantations. Reuters, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 That would encompass a significant amount of destruction: more than 94 percent of the deforestation happening in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, and more than 80 percent of Indonesian tropics cleared for palm oil. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 11 Oct. 2021 By clearing forests, palm oil producers threaten biodiversity and eliminate trees, an important tool for absorbing carbon dioxide. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2021 For instance, a landmark deal to reduce deforestation by half by 2030 would inevitably affect a range of companies that use products linked to deforestation, such as palm oil and wood. New York Times, 14 Nov. 2021 There were more participants from the palm oil industry than scientists at the normally staid academic conference. Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 In addition to the deforestation pledge, 28 countries also vowed to work to remove deforestation from the global supply chain for goods such as palm oil, soy and cocoa. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of palm oil

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of palm oil was in 1625

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30 Nov 2021

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“Palm oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palm%20oil. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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palm oil

noun

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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