ben oil


noun

See under ben2.

Nearby words

  1. ben bella, ahmed,
  2. ben day process,
  3. ben hur,
  4. ben lomond,
  5. ben nevis,
  6. ben trovato,
  7. ben yehudah,
  8. ben yehudah, eliezer,
  9. ben-gurion,
  10. ben-gurion, david

Origin of ben oil

First recorded in 1585–95

ben

2
[ ben ]
/ bɛn /

noun

the seed of a tropical tree, Moringa pterygosperma, that yields an oil (ben oil) used in manufacturing cosmetics and lubricating delicate machinery.

Origin of ben

2
First recorded in 1550–60, ben is from the Arabic word bān

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British Dictionary definitions for ben oil

ben

1
/ (bɛn) Scot /

noun

an inner room in a house or cottage

preposition, adverb

in; within; inside; into the inner part (of a house)

adjective

inner
Compare but 2

Word Origin for ben

Old English binnan, from be- + innan inside

ben

2
/ (bɛn) /

noun

any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Moringa, esp M. oleifera of Arabia and India, whose seeds yield oil of ben, used in manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics, lubricating delicate machinery, etc: family Moringaceae
the seed of such a tree

Word Origin for ben

C15: from Arabic bān

ben

3
/ (bɛn) /

noun

Scot and Irish a mountain peak (esp in place names)Ben Lomond

Word Origin for ben

C18: from Gaelic beinn, from beann

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Word Origin and History for ben oil

ben

n.

"mountain peak" in Celtic place names (especially of roughly pyramidal peaks standing alone), from Gaelic beinn, from Old Irish *benno- "peak, horn, conical point," from PIE root *bend- "projecting point."

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