Oleaginous
Oleaginous O`le*ag`i*nous, a. [L. oleaginus, oleagineus, belonging to the olive, fr. olea olive: cf. F. ol['e]agineux. See {Olive}, {Oil}.] Having the nature or qualities of oil; oily; unctuous. [1913 Webster]

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  • oleaginous — (adj.) 1630s, from Fr. oléagineux, from L. oleaginus of the olive, from olea olive, alteration of oliva (see OLIVE (Cf. olive)) by influence of oleum oil …   Etymology dictionary

  • oleaginous — oily, unctuous, *fulsome, slick, soapy Analogous words: see those at OILY …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • oleaginous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) oily or greasy. 2) exaggeratedly complimentary; obsequious. ORIGIN Latin oleaginus of the olive tree …   English terms dictionary

  • oleaginous — [ō΄lē aj′i nəs] adj. [Fr oléagineux < L oleaginus < olea, olive tree (< Gr elaia, olive, olive tree)] oily; greasy; unctuous oleaginously adv. oleaginousness n …   English World dictionary

  • oleaginous — adjective /ˌəʊ.lɪˈædʒ.ɪ.nəs,ˌoʊ.liˈædʒ.ɪ.nəs/ a) Oily, greasy. The oleaginous salesman convinced me to buy a more expensive car. b) Falsely or affectedly earnest; persuasively suave. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • oleaginous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French oleagineux, from Latin oleagineus of an olive tree, from olea olive tree, from Greek elaia Date: 1634 1. resembling or having the properties of oil ; oily; also containing or producing oil 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oleaginous — oleaginousness, n. /oh lee aj euh neuhs/, adj. 1. having the nature or qualities of oil. 2. containing oil. 3. producing oil. 4. unctuous; fawning; smarmy. [1625 35; < L oleaginus of the olive, deriv. of olea OLIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • oleaginous — Oily or greasy. [L. oleagineus, pertaining to olea, the olive tree] * * * ole·ag·i·nous .ō lē aj ə nəs adj resembling or having the properties of oil also containing or producing oil * * * ole·ag·i·nous (o″le ajґĭ nəs) [L.… …   Medical dictionary

  • oleaginous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. suety, greasy, adipose; see fatty , oily 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having the qualities of fat: adipose, fat, fatty, greasy, oily, unctuous. See FAT. 2. Affectedly and self servingly earnest: fulsome,… …   English dictionary for students

  • oleaginous — o|le|ag|i|nous [ˌəuliˈædʒınəs US ˌou ] adj technical [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: oléagineux, from Latin oleagineus, from olea olive tree , from Greek elaia; OIL1] containing, producing, or like oil …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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