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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Definitions for oleaginous

  1. having the nature or qualities of oil.
  2. containing oil.
  3. producing oil.

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Citations for oleaginous
He filled the wheelbarrow with provisions and two five-gallon cans that had once held olive oil and now contained water--albeit an oleaginous and tinny-tasting variant of what he knew water to be. T. Coraghessan Boyle, "The Underground Gardens," The New Yorker, May 25, 1998
Nearly 50 years later, the oleaginous excess and two-handed indulgence that once made the Big Mac such a culinary icon is now associated with its undoing. Adam Chandler, "The Genius Behind the Big Mac," The Atlantic, December 7, 2016
Origin of oleaginous
1625-1635
Oleaginous has always meant “oily, fatty, greasy” to describe plants, fruits, vegetables, fish, and stones. Oleaginous acquired its uncomplimentary sense “smarmy, unctuous” in the 19th century. Oleaginous entered English in the 17th century.