[ oh-lee-aj-uh-nuh s ]
/ ˌoʊ liˈædʒ ə nəs /


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

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Origin of oleaginous

1625–35; < Latin oleāginus of the olive, derivative of olea olive

Related forms

o·le·ag·i·nous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oleaginous


/ (ˌəʊlɪˈædʒɪnəs) /


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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Medicine definitions for oleaginous


[ ō′lē-ăjə-nəs ]


Oily; greasy.
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