MargarinMar"ga*rin\, n. [Cf. F. margarine. See Margarite.] (Physiol. Chem.) A fatty substance, extracted from animal fats and certain vegetable oils, formerly supposed to be a definite compound of glycerin and margaric acid, but now known to be simply a mixture or combination of tristearin and teipalmitin.
|1.||a glyceryl ester of margaric acid|
|2.||a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter [syn: margarine]|