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 Russia and Ukraine are two of the world’s top agricultural producers, and major players in the wheat, barley, maize, rapeseed, rapeseed oil, sunflower seed and sunflower oil markets. Reuters, NBC News, 13 Aug. 2023 The highway that leads you away from Billund Airport toward the small city of Vejle runs through vast fields of piercingly bright, sharp-yellow rapeseed flowers broken only by occasional wooden farm buildings painted in the distinctive, flat red so redolent of southern Scandinavia. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 30 July 2023 In Lützen, a town of 8,000 set amid rapeseed fields, officials spent more than $17,000 painting their Soviet monument just days after Mr. Scholz committed to delivering the country’s newest air-defense system to Ukraine. Ekaterina Bodyagina, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023 Olive oil is most often mixed with cheaper oils made from soybeans, corn, hazelnuts, or rapeseed, which can be dangerous for people with allergies. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 9 Apr. 2012 In addition, the report said, water supplies will be cut for irrigation systems that served another 1.2 million acres of farmland that before the invasion allowed for the cultivation of a wide variety of crops, such as corn, soybeans, rapeseed, wheat, eggplant, onions, peppers and cucumbers. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2023 Under the deal, the bloc would basically accept the national bans on four of the five main products — wheat, maize, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds — that account for most imports. Raf Casert, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2023 The European Commission will offer 100 million euros worth of support to those countries and implement emergency safeguards relating to wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seeds in exchange for Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia withdrawing their import bans. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2023 The ingredients: dry roasted peanuts; sugar; hydrogenated rapeseed, cottonseed, and soybean oils; molasses; mono and diglycerides; and salt. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 7 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2023.

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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