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

Examples of palm oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indonesia supplies more than half of the world's palm oil and the industry contributes about 2.4% to the country's GDP. Helen Regan, CNN, "Indonesia is putting business before the environment and that could be disastrous for its rainforests," 12 Oct. 2020 In September and October 2015, peat fires in Indonesia, where bogs have long been drained for palm oil plantations and other purposes, released more carbon dioxide per day than all the fossil fuels burned in the European Union. New York Times, "What’s Green, Soggy and Fights Climate Change?," 9 Oct. 2020 Margaret Arbuthnot, director of commodity markets at WWF, said that supplies of palm oil depend on companies making changes to their supply chains now. Carolina Gonzalez, Fortune, "‘We’re weeding out the bad actors’: Mars says its M&Ms no longer contribute to deforestation," 6 Oct. 2020 Malaysia is the world's second largest producer of palm oil. Eileen Ng, Star Tribune, "Malaysia palm oil producer vows to clear name after U.S. ban," 1 Oct. 2020 Malaysia is the world’s second largest producer of palm oil. Eileen Ng, The Christian Science Monitor, "US bans Malaysian palm oil producer over labor abuses," 1 Oct. 2020 The move is the latest blow to the palm oil industry after the spread of the coronavirus shuttered restaurants, curbing demand for cooking oil. Elizabeth Elkin,, "U.S. Blocks Palm Oil Imports From One of the Top Producers," 30 Sep. 2020 The tainted palm oil was traced to the supply chains of the planet's most iconic food and cosmetics companies like Unilever, L'Oreal, Nestle and Procter & Gamble. CBS News, "U.S. to block palm oil shipments from large Malaysian producer," 30 Sep. 2020 Mondelez expects 80% of its palm oil to meet the new requirements by the first quarter next year. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Mondelez Tightens Palm-Oil Supplier Rules," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of palm oil

1625, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Palm oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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