- a yellow butterlike oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm and used as an edible fat and for making soap, candles, etc.
- oil obtained from various species of palm.
Origin of palm oil
First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for palm oil
There are a dozen huge tanks into which the palm-oil flows from the barges.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
Palm-oil has brought them luxurious homes, modernly furnished.Stanley in Africa
James P. Boyd
Two kinds715 of vegetable fat, namely, palm-oil and cocoa-nut oil, are extensively employed in the useful arts.
He also took some brain-matter, mixed it with palm-oil, and rubbed it over his hands.Fetichism in West Africa
Robert Hamill Nassau
It's mostly grist that comes to me: palm-oil, rubber, kernels, and ivory.A Master of Fortune
- a yellow butter-like oil obtained from the fruit of the oil palm, used as an edible fat and in soap
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