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oleaginous

[ oh-lee-aj-uh-nuhs ]
/ ˌoʊ liˈædʒ ə nəs /
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adjective

having the nature or qualities of oil.
containing oil.
producing oil.
unctuous; fawning; smarmy.

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Origin of oleaginous

First recorded in 1425–50; Middle English oliaginose, (from Middle French oléagineux), from Latin oleāgineus, oleāginius, oleāginus “pertaining to an olive tree,” derivative of olea “olive, olive tree”; (see origin at olive)

OTHER WORDS FROM oleaginous

o·le·ag·i·nous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for oleaginous

oleaginous
/ (ˌəʊlɪˈædʒɪnəs) /

adjective

resembling or having the properties of oil
containing or producing oil

Word Origin for oleaginous

C17: from Latin oleāginus, from olea olive; see also oil
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Medical definitions for oleaginous

oleaginous
[ ō′lē-ăjə-nəs ]

adj.

Oily; greasy.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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