rape·​seed ˈrāp-ˌsēd How to pronounce rapeseed (audio)
: the seed of the rape plant
also : rape entry 3

Examples of rapeseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This process created a new type of plant called canola that looks identical to the rapeseed plant but is free of toxic compounds called glucosinolates and erucic acid. Jillian Kubala, Rd, Health, 10 July 2024 Between March and June, thousands of rapeseed (or canola) flowers emerge. Alberto Piernas Medina, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Dec. 2023 In addition, many government officials, industry representatives and farmers contend that the European Union’s rules are really a form of economic protectionism, a way to shield European farmers who grow competing oilseed crops like rapeseed or soybeans. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Foods in development include rapeseed (a.k.a. canola) cakes, the solid byproduct formed when oil is extracted from the crop, of which 36.8 million tons are produced each year. Charlotte Lytton, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for rapeseed 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rapeseed was in the 15th century

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“Rapeseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapeseed. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


rape·​seed ˈrāp-ˌsēd How to pronounce rapeseed (audio)
: the seed of the rape plant (Brassica napus of the mustard family) that is the source of rapeseed oil

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