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[kan-l-uh] /ˈkæn l ə/
a variety of rapeseed that contains reduced levels of erucic acid, making its oil palatable for human consumption, and reduced levels of a toxic glucosin, making its meal desirable as a livestock feed.
Origin of canola
of unexplained orig. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for canola
  • canola pollen can waft spliced genes more than a mile, and common crops can hybridize with completely unrelated weeds.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of canola oil.
  • Oil crops, such as canola and corn, are harvested for consumption or industrial uses.
  • Even weeds relative of canola requires surface water and fertilizer.
  • She also generally avoids unhealthy fats, such as those in butter and mayonnaise, opting instead for olive oil or canola oil.
  • And it can be made from soybeans, corn or canola oil.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the canola oil.
British Dictionary definitions for canola


a cooking oil extracted from a variety of rapeseed developed in Canada
Word Origin
C20: from Can(ada) + -ola, from oleum
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Word Origin and History for canola

"rapeseed," a euphemistic name coined 1978, supposedly involving Canada, where it was developed, and the root of oil (n.).

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