vegetable oil


Definition of vegetable oil 

: an oil of plant origin especially : a fatty oil from seeds or fruits

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Return the pan to a medium-high heat with the remaining 1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018 Once dry, turn off the heat and rub a few drops of vegetable oil onto the inner surface using a clean paper towel. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Cast Iron the Right Way," 27 Aug. 2018 In a skillet, drizzle one-fourth ounce of vegetable oil. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Mayan Cafe's chef is killing the Louisville food scene with his food truck," 27 Feb. 2018 China is by far the largest foreign buyer of U.S. soybeans, which are ground into meal for animal feed and processed into vegetable oil, among other products. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "China Tariff Threat Prompts U.S. Farmers to Weigh Changes," 4 Apr. 2018 Place breadcrumbs in a separate shallow bowl or dish and season lightly with salt and pepper. Pour vegetable oil into a large skillet to lightly coat the bottom (about ¼ inch). Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Green (that is, unripe) tomatoes can be delicious pickled, preserved or – you guessed it – fried," 14 June 2018 Always Clean and Oil the Grill Grate Just Before Cooking To oil the grate, hold a wad of paper towels in tongs, then dip it in vegetable oil and run it over the hot, cleaned grate. Adam Ried,, "Everything you need to know about using a charcoal grill," 29 June 2018 Indian food cooked in vegetable oil or margarine instead of butter—and excised red meats, whole milk, eggs, and cream. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except the vegetable oil. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Papa Johns' nephew makes a name for himself on Louisville food scene," 26 June 2018

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1765, in the meaning defined above

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: an oil of plant origin especially : a fatty oil from seeds or fruits

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