volatile oil

noun

Definition of volatile oil

: an oil that vaporizes readily especially : essential oil

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Since the Nigerian economy relies on volatile oil prices alone, an ECOWAS currency could be expected to be highly unstable. Cheikh Ahmed Bamba Diagne, Quartz Africa, "How Francophone Africa’s France-backed CFA franc works and why it’s controversial," 2 Aug. 2019 Photo composite: Dom Amatore for The Wall Street Journal U.S. consumer prices rose more than usual in March, driven by an increase in volatile oil prices that masked moderate underlying price pressures. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Inflation Stayed Tame in March," 10 Apr. 2019 Investors were also weighing the latest signs that volatile oil prices are helping hold down inflation, potentially giving the Federal Reserve more flexibility with its pace of interest-rate increases. Amrith Ramkumar And Akane Otani, WSJ, "Stocks Close Higher on U.S.-China Trade Optimism," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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volatile oil

noun

Medical Definition of volatile oil

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

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