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oil palm

noun
1.
an African feather palm, Elaeis guineensis, the fruits of which yield palm oil.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25
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Examples from the web for oil palm
  • The authors recommend oranges, oil palm and cashew as possible alternatives.
  • The island's lowland forests are being cut down for timber and to make way for lucrative plantations such as oil palm.
  • Now, rubber and oil palm plantations have replaced the rain forest in many areas around the town.
  • oil palm yield potential is reduced when trees are exposed to stressful conditions.
  • oil palm production potential is reduced when trees are exposed to stressful conditions.
  • oil palm raising also requires heavy chemical inputs.
British Dictionary definitions for oil palm

oil palm

noun
1.
a tropical African palm tree, Elaeis guineensis, the fruits of which yield palm oil
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Encyclopedia Article for oil palm

African tree cultivated as a source of oil in West and Central Africa, where it originated, and in Malaysia and Indonesia, and as an ornamental tree in many subtropical areas; or, the American oil palm, Elaeis oleifera, originating in Central and South America and sometimes cultivated under the erroneous name Elaeis melanococca, the oil of which was probably used for making candles by the early American colonizers.

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