Origin of oleo
First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening of oleomargarine
- a combining form meaning “oil,” used in the formation of compound words: oleograph.
Also especially before a vowel, ole-.
Origin of oleo-
< Latin, combining form representing oleum oil
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Examples from the Web for oleo
This pressed fat is called "Oleo" hence the name "Oleomargarine."The Kitchen Encyclopedia
Oleo oil and vegetable oils are being imported in large quantities and now England uses twice as much margarine as butter.
We are shipping about one-third of the lard which we produce, and large quantities of oleo oil for oleomargarine.
Impinguasti in oleo caput meum; Et calix meus inebrians quam praeclarus est.
Impinguasti in oleo caput meum, Et calix meus inebrians quam praeclarus est.
from Latin oleum oil
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Word Origin and History for oleo
1884, commercial shortening of oleomargarine.
word-forming element meaning "oil" or "oleic," from Latin oleum (see oil (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Oil:oleic acid.
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