rape·​seed | \ ˈrāp-ˌsēd How to pronounce rapeseed (audio) \

Definition of rapeseed

: the seed of the rape plant also : rape entry 3

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Recent Examples on the Web Similar deficits can affect rapeseed, alfalfa, corn and soybeans. Julie Ingwersen Reuters, Star Tribune, "As acid rain is curtailed, wheat gets less sulfur needed for tasty bread," 1 Aug. 2020 Compared with soy or rapeseed, harvesting palm fruit requires 25 times more workers. Eko Listiyorini, Bloomberg.com, "Malaysia Farms Face $3 Billion Hit From Palm Oil Worker Shortage," 5 June 2020 High levels of erucic acid are observed in rapeseed oil, and although canola and rapeseed are cousins, canola is bred to have extremely low levels of the stuff. Ian Burke, Saveur, "The Complete Guide to Cooking Oils," 10 Oct. 2018 That’s important because soybean and palm oil — and, in Europe, rapeseed — are close substitutes for each other, and changes in one market tend to ripple through all three commodities. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Palm Oil’s Price Switch Won’t Save the Orangutan," 25 Nov. 2019 Palm oil also has a much higher yield per acre than alternatives -- up to ten times more than rapeseed, soybean, olive and sunflower oils. Washington Post, "Can Palm Oil Demand Be Met Without Ruining Rainforests?," 16 Dec. 2019 For the most part, the view was green in all directions, dotted with rapeseed fields and forests home to wild boars. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "In France, Elder Care Comes with the Mail," 9 Oct. 2019 For instance, soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower oils require significantly more land to produce the same volume, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund, which could cause greater impact to habitats, biodiversity, and the environment. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 One hectare of tropical land can produce 4 tons of oil annually, at least four times the yield of 1 hectare of rapeseed, sunflowers, or soybeans planted in temperate regions. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of rapeseed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Rapeseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapeseed. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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rape·​seed | \ ˈrāp-ˌsēd How to pronounce rapeseed (audio) \

Medical Definition of rapeseed

: the seed of the rape plant (Brassica napus of the mustard family) that is the source of rapeseed oil

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