vanaspati

noun
va·​nas·​pa·​ti | \ və-ˈnə-spə-tē How to pronounce vanaspati (audio) , -ˈnä- How to pronounce vanaspati (audio) \

Definition of vanaspati

: a hydrogenated vegetable fat used as a butter substitute in India

Examples of vanaspati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Image Until now, efforts by the Indian government to reduce the use of vanaspati have been stymied by food producers. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 14 May 2018 Until now, efforts by the Indian government to reduce the use of vanaspati have been stymied by food producers. Andrew Jacobs, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2018 In India, trans fats often take the form of vanaspati, an inexpensive cooking oil that is sometimes used repeatedly by restaurants and street vendors. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 14 May 2018 In India, trans fats often take the form of vanaspati, an inexpensive cooking oil that is sometimes used repeatedly by restaurants and street vendors. Andrew Jacobs, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2018 Researchers say the process of reheating vanaspati, which is made from palm oil, renders it even more lethal, and likely contributes to soaring rates of heart disease among South Asians. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 14 May 2018 Researchers say the process of reheating vanaspati, which is made from palm oil, renders it even more lethal and likely contributes to soaring rates of heart disease among South Asians. Andrew Jacobs, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of vanaspati

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vanaspati

borrowed from Hindi, short for vanaspati ghī, literally, "ghee from vegetable matter"

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“Vanaspati.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vanaspati. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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