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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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 There are more than 100 different varieties — some synthetic, others from natural sources, like coconut or palm oil. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 In many cases, consumer demand is helping drive the pressures as agribusinesses expand production of coffee, palm oil, sugar cane and other cash crops. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet," 23 July 2018 China, the largest buyer of Indonesian palm oil behind India and the European Union, imported 3.7 million tons of the product last year. Anita Rachman, WSJ, "China Opens Door to More Indonesian Palm Oil as EU Seeks Import Ban," 7 May 2018 While generally regarded as preferable to partially hydrogenated oils, some of the alternate oils that food makers use carry their own potential drawbacks, including health concerns and, in the case of palm oil, deforestation. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Food Makers Vow to Cut Trans Fats Globally," 14 May 2018

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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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