ben oil

ben oil

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1585–95 Unabridged


2 [ben]
the seed of a tropical tree, Moringa pterygosperma, that yields an oil (ben oil) used in manufacturing cosmetics and lubricating delicate machinery.

1550–60; < Arabic bān Unabridged
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ben1 (bɛn)
1.  an inner room in a house or cottage
prep, —adv
2.  in; within; inside; into the inner part (of a house)
3.  inner
[Old English binnan, from be- + innan inside]

ben2 (bɛn)
1.  any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Moringa, esp M. oleifera of Arabia and India, whose seeds yield oil of ben, used in manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics, lubricating delicate machinery, etc: family Moringaceae
2.  the seed of such a tree
[C15: from Arabic bān]

ben3 (bɛn)
(Scot), (Irish) a mountain peak (esp in place names): Ben Lomond
[C18: from Gaelic beinn, from beann]

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Word Origin & History

"mountain peak" in Celtic place names (esp. of roughly pyramidal peaks standing alone), from Gael. beann, from O.Ir. *benno- "peak, horn, conical point," from PIE base *bend- "projecting point."
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Latin bene (well)
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