Vegetable oil

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An oil extracted from plant parts, such as seeds, fruits, or nuts. Vegetable oils contain a mixture of glycerides. Drying oils with a high number of unsaturated glycerides (oleic and linoleic) can oxidize to form hard, insoluble films. Nondrying oils contain mostly saturated glycerides and do not thicken readily.

Examples of vegetable oils:

Synonyms and Related Terms

huile végétale (Fr.); aceite vegetal (Esp.); olio vegetale (It);

Resources and Citations

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  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998