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rape oil

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noun Chemistry.
  1. a brownish-yellow oil obtained by expression from rapeseed and used chiefly as a lubricant, an illuminant, and in the manufacture of rubber substitutes.

Origin of rape oil

First recorded in 1535–45
Also called rapeseed oil, colza oil.
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Historical Examples

  • He instanced the cases of articles used in dyeing, as well as olive and rape-oil.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.

    E. Farr and E. H. Nolan

  • The odor is stronger than that of linseed-cake, and differs but little from that of rape-oil.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual

    Charles Alexander Cameron