Oiticica oil

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A light yellow drying oil obtained from the seeds of the Brazilian oiticica tree, Licania rigida. Oiticica oil is used in industrial oil paints and varnishes as a substitute for Tung oil. Its composition is reported as: total saturated fatty acids (11.3%); Oleic acid (6.2%), licanic acid (82.5%). Oitica oil has higher gloss than tung oil but less wear resistance.

Synonyms and Related Terms

"Licania rigida; huile d'oïticica (Fr.); aceite de oiticica (Esp.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Iodine value = 140-180
  • Density = 0.974

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 559
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Guy Weismantel, Paint Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1981
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: density=0.974, iodine value=140-180; saturated fatty acids (11.3%); oleic acid (6.2%), licanic acid (82.5%)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997