cod-liver oil

[ kod-liv-er ]
/ ˈkɒdˌlɪv ər /


a pale-yellow, fixed oil, extracted from the liver of the common cod or of allied species, used in medicine chiefly as a source of vitamins A and D.

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Origin of cod-liver oil

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cod-liver oil

  • Keep up her strength, and complete the cure by a small tea-spoonful of cod-liver-oil twice a day for a fortnight.

    Cats|W. Gordon Stables

British Dictionary definitions for cod-liver oil

cod-liver oil


an oil extracted from the livers of cod and related fish, rich in vitamins A and D and used to treat deficiency of these vitamins
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Medicine definitions for cod-liver oil

cod-liver oil

[ kŏdlĭvər ]


An oil obtained from the liver of cod and related fishes and used as a dietary source of vitamins A and D.
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