Candlenut oil

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A drying oil obtained from the seed nuts of the Aleurites moluccana trees native to southeast Asia. Candlenut oil obtained its name because the natives used the nuts as candles to light their houses. The cold pressed oil is a light in color, viscous, and dries quickly. The hot pressed oil is brown. Candlenut oil is used to make varnishes, lacquer, and soap as well as for an artists' paint that is sometimes called walnut oil or artist's oil. Candlenut oil has similar properties to tung oil.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Aleurites moluccana; candle-nut oil (Br.); huile de bancoul (Fr.); lumbang oil; kukui; kekune; walnut oil; artist's oil

Other Properties

Saponification number = 193 Iodine number = 164 Acid number = 2

Density 0.923-0.925
Refractive Index 1.470

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
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