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ben oil

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Origin of ben oil

First recorded in 1585–95

ben2

[ben]
noun
  1. the seed of a tropical tree, Moringa pterygosperma, that yields an oil (ben oil) used in manufacturing cosmetics and lubricating delicate machinery.
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Origin of ben2

First recorded in 1550–60, ben is from the Arabic word bān
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British Dictionary definitions for ben oil

ben1

noun
  1. an inner room in a house or cottage
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preposition, adverb
  1. in; within; inside; into the inner part (of a house)
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adjective
  1. inner
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Word Origin

Old English binnan, from be- + innan inside

ben2

noun
  1. 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
  2. the seed of such a tree
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Word Origin

C15: from Arabic bān

ben3

noun
  1. Scot and Irish a mountain peak (esp in place names)Ben Lomond
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Word Origin

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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