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drying oil

noun
1.
any of a group of oily, organic liquids occurring naturally, as linseed, soybean, or dehydrated castor oil, or synthesized, that when applied as a thin coating absorb atmospheric oxygen, forming a tough, elastic layer.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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drying oil

noun
1.
one of a number of animal or vegetable oils, such as linseed oil, that harden by oxidation on exposure to air: used as a base for some paints and varnishes
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drying oil

unsaturated fatty oil, either natural (such as linseed oil) or synthetic, that when spread into a thin film becomes hard, tough, and elastic upon exposure to the air. Drying oils are used as vehicles in paints, varnishes, and printing inks

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