banana oil

[ buh-nan-uh-oil ]
/ b蓹藞n忙n 蓹 藢蓴瑟l /
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Also called am路yl ac路e路tate [am-il as-i-teyt], /藞忙m 瑟l 藞忙s 瑟藢te瑟t/, am路yl路a路ce路tic e路ther [am-il-uh-see-tik ee-ther, -set-ik, am-] /藞忙m 瑟l 蓹藞si t瑟k 藞i 胃蓹r, -藞s蓻t 瑟k, 藢忙m-/ . a sweet-smelling liquid ester, C7H14O2, a mixture of isomers derived from amyl alcohol and having the characteristic odor of bananas: used chiefly as a paint solvent and in artificial fruit flavors; amyl acetate.
Slang. insincere talk; nonsense.
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Origin of banana oil

First recorded in 1925鈥30
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How to use banana oil in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for banana oil

banana oil

a solution of cellulose nitrate in pentyl acetate or a similar solvent, which has a banana-like smell
a nontechnical name for pentyl acetate
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Other Idioms and Phrases with banana oil

banana oil

Nonsense, exaggerated flattery, as in I should be on television? Cut out the banana oil! The precise analogy in this idiom is not clear, unless it is to the fact that banana oil, a paint solvent and artificial flavoring agent, has no relation to the fruit other than that it smells like it. Possibly it is a variation on snake oil, a term for quack medicine that was extended to mean nonsense. [1920s]

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