volatile oil


Definition of volatile oil 

: an oil that vaporizes readily especially : essential oil

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At a time of volatile oil prices, shale is particularly appealing because shale projects pay off faster compared with the big offshore projects that are the bread and butter of companies like BP and Chevron. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "BP’s Shale Deal Signals Big Ambitions," 27 July 2018 Tip: Grating horseradish releases the volatile oils (isothiocyanates), which give horseradish its heat. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 Above all, Gulf states have to overcome their dependence on volatile oil and coax their pampered people into productive work. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Similar to a floral water but more potent, hydrosols contain the water-soluble constituents of a plant such as the volatile oils, and it can be used as a facial toner, the water component when mixing our clay masks, or in an aromatherapy diffuser. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "This All-Green Apothecary in New Zealand Is Worth a Trek Across the Globe," 29 May 2018 Master's tip: Grating horseradish crushes the cells of the root, releasing the volatile oils (isothiocyanates), which give horseradish its heat. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow And Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 10 Aug. 2017 Lightly bruise rosemary and thyme by smacking them against a cutting board or lightly rolling in your hands (this will helps release the volatile oils). Brad Leone, Bon Appetit, "Simple Sous Vide Steak," 19 Mar. 2018 Sovereign wealth funds in Gulf Arab states are looking at opportunities in new areas, such as technology, to lessen their reliance on volatile oil markets. Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg.com, "Mubadala Weighs First Saudi Investment as Fund Starts U.S. Talks," 25 Oct. 2017 The winner came from the Korintjie region of West Sumatra in Indonesia, a small, high-elevation area that produces cinnamon with a high-volatile oil and cellulose content (translation: a more pungent and tastier spice). Juliet Izon, Bon Appetit, "The Secret to That Tempting Cinnabon Smell," 13 Mar. 2017

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of volatile oil 

: an oil that vaporizes readily especially : essential oil — compare fatty oil

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