Animal oil

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A liquid mixture of long chain hydrocarbon fatty acids obtained from animals. Animal oils are primarily composed of the glycerides of unsaturated fatty acids along with small amounts of cholesterol. Most animal oils are dark color liquids with an unpleasant smell. Examples are fish oil, neats-foot oil, lard oil, bone oil, sperm oil, or cod liver oil.

Synonyms and Related Terms

aceite de origen animal (Esp.)

Examples include: Dippel oil; bone oil; hartshorn oil; Jeppel's oil; neatsfoot oil; lard oil; sperm oil; cod-liver oil; fish oil

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Matte Paint: Its history and technology, analysis, properties and conservation treatment, Eric Hansen, Sue Walston, Mitchell Bishop (ed.), J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, Vol. 30 of AATA, 1993

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