adjective Chemistry.
of or pertaining to a substance that has an affinity for oils and not for water. Compare hydrophobic ( def 2 ).

1955–60; oleo- + -philic

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having a strong affinity for oils rather than water [ant: oleophobic
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Oleophilic and weir skimmers were able to recover oil after it had been treated
  with dispersants.
Complete line of oil-spill products, including oleophilic viscous moppets.
More complex units rely on the adhesion of oil to metal or plastic disks, or
  oleophilic belts or ropes.
The dispersants use an oleophilic solvent delivery system which has shown to be
  effective in penetrating surfactants.
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