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

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Caal Maquin’s family is among the poorest in a village of very poor indigenous Guatemalans, where subsistence farming is getting harder as forests are razed for palm oil. Dara Lind, Vox, "The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody isn’t an isolated outrage," 18 Dec. 2018 The Portuguese packed up and left São Tomé and Príncipe with independence in 1975; the archipelago’s plantations—by then largely devoted to growing cocoa, coffee and palm oil—passed to the government. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 One thing that could help is stronger requirements from countries that import commodities responsible for deforestation and fires, such as palm oil. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 Investor Dharsono Hartono had a business plan to buy up forest concessions in borneo, Indonesia, to grow palm oil. Jon Emont, WSJ, "One Man’s Money-Draining Bet on Climate Change," 27 Dec. 2018 Price of Climate Series His initial business plan was to buy up forest concessions to grow palm oil, the crop that is driving much of Indonesia’s deforestation. Jon Emont, WSJ, "One Man’s Money-Draining Bet on Climate Change," 27 Dec. 2018 In May, residents discovered a headless fetus behind their house near a palm oil plantation. Fox News, "Activists slam punishment of raped girl who had abortion," 23 July 2018 Next comes a kitchen team—the president’s personal chefs from Cameroon—hauling jugs of palm oil and equatorial spices. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Can’t Find Cameroon’s President? Try Geneva’s Intercontinental Hotel," 4 Nov. 2018 The main ingredient of the Whitechapel fatberg is palmitic acid, an unsaturated fat found in butter, palm oil, and olive oil, as well as meat, cheeses, and milk. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018

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1625, in the meaning defined above

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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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