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

Definition of rapeseed

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

Examples of rapeseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The frost also threatens other crops, including beets and rapeseed, according to the National Federation of Farmers' Unions. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "'It's a tragedy.' French winemakers face devastation after worst weather in 30 years," 14 Apr. 2021 Vines were the worst hit, but almond and fruit trees were also affected, as well as some other crops, including beets and rapeseed. New York Times, "French Wine Production Ravaged by a Devastating Frost," 12 Apr. 2021 Sahajan’s Lip Karma contains castor, rapeseed and argan oil for some serious moisturization. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "42 gifts that support BIPOC-owned brands this holiday season," 16 Dec. 2020 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

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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 7 May. 2021.

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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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