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oleo

[oh-lee-oh] /ˈoʊ liˌoʊ/
noun
1.
Origin of oleo
1880-1885
1880-85; by shortening of oleomargarine
Can be confused
oleo, olio.

oleo-

1.
a combining form meaning “oil,” used in the formation of compound words:
oleograph.
Also, especially before a vowel, ole-.
Origin
< Latin, combining form representing oleum oil
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Historical Examples
  • On principle I don't object to suine, oleo, or any of the objectionable articles.

  • oleo oil and vegetable oils are being imported in large quantities and now England uses twice as much margarine as butter.

    Food Guide for War Service at Home Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
  • Impinguasti in oleo caput meum; Et calix meus inebrians quam praeclarus est.

    Where There is Nothing William Butler Yeats
  • We are shipping about one-third of the lard which we produce, and large quantities of oleo oil for oleomargarine.

    Food Guide for War Service at Home Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
  • This pressed fat is called "oleo" hence the name "oleomargarine."

  • Impinguasti in oleo caput meum, Et calix meus inebrians quam praeclarus est.

    Where There is Nothing William Butler Yeats
  • You've been right on the railroad question, on the oleo question, and the bank question.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for oleo

oleo-

combining form
1.
oil: oleomargarine
Word Origin
from Latin oleumoil
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Word Origin and History for oleo
n.

1884, commercial shortening of oleomargarine.

oleo-

word-forming element meaning "oil" or "oleic," from Latin oleum (see oil (n.)).

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oleo in Medicine

oleo- or ole-
pref.
Oil: oleic acid.

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Related Abbreviations for oleo

oleo

oleomargarine
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