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palm oil

noun
1.
a yellow butterlike oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm and used as an edible fat and for making soap, candles, etc.
2.
oil obtained from various species of palm.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30
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  • Orangutans are critically endangered in the wild because of rapid deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations.
  • Most of the forest losses are due to paper milling and palm oil plantations.
  • Orangutans are critically endangered in the wild because of rapid deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations.
  • Start with the cornmeal, the samba instructs, and the palm oil.
  • They are reluctant to import palm oil because of the adverse ecological impact of the palm plantations.
  • The animals are rapidly losing habitat to palm oil plantations.
  • Logging for timber and clear-cutting forests for palm oil plantations are destroying habitat.
  • Vast palm oil plantations are swallowing up thousands of acres of bird of paradise habitat, as is large-scale industrial logging.
  • Orangutans are critically endangered in the wild because of rapid deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations.
  • Vast tracts of tropical rainforest have been replaced by palm oil plantations for food and biofuels, satellite imagery reveals.
British Dictionary definitions for palm oil

palm oil

noun
1.
a yellow butter-like oil obtained from the fruit of the oil palm, used as an edible fat and in soap
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Slang definitions & phrases for palm oil

palm oil

noun phrase

Money used for bribery and graft

[1627+; because it is used to grease one's palm]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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